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 1/31/2021  More than 3700 new records added: A first batch of the Marriages Indexes (years 1875, 1889, 1890 and 1906) has been uploaded to the All Odessa Database. As a remainder, the indexes are not the full records and contain only a limited amount of information (year, name [More...]
 1/17/2021  New section Jewish Cemeteries added: A new section "Odessa Jewish Cemeteries" was added to the site. You'll find it under the menu "Research" or directly at this link [More...]
 1/14/2021  New article about Ukraine restoring Jewish Memory: Check the article on the Odessa Today Section [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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