Useful Organizational Links:
Association (ICA-Israel) (Baron de Hirsh's organization continues
to fund training and agricultural projects in Israel)
Bagnowka Tours (headed
by Tomasz Wisniewski, specializing in the Bialystok/Grodno region)
Pinkas Hakehillot Polin (Encylopaedia of Jewish Communities, Poland, Vol. VIII, Jerusalem 2005). See in particular entries on Kolonja Izaaka and Odelsk.
Pinkas Krynki (Tel Aviv, 1970). The memorial book of neighboring Krynki gives important background about the Jewish history of the region. This Memorial Book is scanned and viewable in its entirety through the New York Public Library.
Salit, Salomon, Kolonja Izaaka: Wies Powiatu Sokolskiego (Warsaw, 1934).
Sefer Sokolka (Jerusalem, 1968). The memorial book of Sokolka contains two short memoirs of life in Kolonja Izaaka, one by Sarah Chinsky and one by Menuchah Shmilovitz, two sisters from the Ekshteyn family that left the colony in the 1930s. The Memorial Book is scanned and viewable in its entirety through the New York Public Library.
Wisniewski, Tomasz, Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings in Eastern Poland (Ipswich Press, 1998).
Films of Jewish Bialystok area have been made by Tomasz Wisniewski and are viewable on YouTube.
About Jewish Agricultural Colonies:
Colonies of Ukraine, an extensive site devoted to the history of
the agricultural movement happening simultaneously in Ukraine.
Aviel, Avraham, A Village Called Dowgalishok
(Vallentine Mitchell, 2006). This book in part describes daily life in
a Jewish farming village in the Eastern Poland-Belarus region.
Boonin, Harry, Jewish
Agricultural Colonies in Russia, reprinted in Shtetlinks from the Newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Los Angeles (Spring 1992).
Jonathan, Farming the Red Land:
Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941 (Yale
University Press, 2005). This book examines the movement to establish
Jewish farming settlements in the Crimean peninsula between the World
Wars in an unusual collaboration between the Soviet government and
foreign Jewish philanthropists.
Le Baron Maurice de
Hirsch et La Jewish Colonization Association, a l'occasion du
Centenaire de la Naissance du Baron de Hirsch (JCA, 1931). On
microfilm in YIVO archives, New York.
Kalendar Dlya Yevreyev Kolonistov (ii. 231, Wilna, 1902). Cited
in The Jewish Encyclopedia, Grodno entry.
Website: The Jewish Colony of Zatishye.
This is an extensive site in Russian. (The Knishevitsky family, for
instance, due to limitations on how many family members could take
parcels on the same site, split. One portion of the family took Farm 11
at Kolonja Izaaka, the other part moved to Ukraine to take land at
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