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 3/18/2019  2500 records from the 1897 Census added to the All Odessa Database: A first batch of 10 microfilms provided by the FHL have been translated, submitted to the JG Ukraine database and indexed into the All Odessa Database. In all, more than 2500 records with a lot of [More...]
 10/2/2017  New article about Odessa's 1905 pogrom added: The first hand testimony of Harry and Elizabeth Fogel, compiled by their granddaugther Becky Fogel Anderson is available under the People Stories section. You can access the story directly here [More...]
 2/12/2017  Added 1907 Birth records images to the All Odessa Database: 313 images corresponding to the 1907 births (2 pages missing from the full book) are already available on the All Odessa Database pending for their translation. [More...]


From the hundreds of cities of Italy, from Genoa to Brindisi, a long procession of dark-eyed adventurers made their way towards Odessa: merchants, shipbuilders, architects and smugglers of the choicest variety. They settled in the young capital and lent the melodic and mischievous tone of her language, their light-hearted music, their style of building and laid down the basis of its future wealth.

At approximately the same time the Greeks started pouring into Odessa, shopkeepers, boatmen and also, of course, masters of illicit trades. These connected the young port of Odessa with every nook and cranny of the Anatolian coast, with the Aegean Isles, with Smyrna and other ports.

Then came Jews, who cut into the steppes a cobweb of invisible canals down which harvests from the rich Ukraine poured into Odessa.

Thus Odessa was built by the descendants of the three tribes which once created humanity: the Greeks, the Romans and the Jews.

Later came Russians and Ukrainians. The Russians ruled; as for the Ukrainians: They gave Odessa her superb sailors and masons and -most important- the salt of the earth, those pillars of the fatherland, those real creators of Odessa and of the whole of south Russia -those real, full-blooded human beings: I mean, of course, the tramps...

... under the laughing sun, among the smells of the sea, of acacia and garlic, my town, the genuine "and legitimate child -though born before its mother- of a League of Nations."

Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky                 

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