Jewish Ludmir: The History and Tragedy of the Jewish Community of Volodymyr-Volynsky: A Regional History

Jewish Ludmir: The History and Tragedy of the Jewish Community of Volodymyr-Volynsky: A Regional History


Volodymyr Muzychenko
Translated from the Ukrainian by Marta Daria Olynyk
With an introduction by Antony Polonsky

Series: Jews of Poland
ISBN: 9781618114129 (hardcover)
Pages: xivi; 378 pp.; 169 illus.
Publication Date: July 2015

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This volume is a brief history of the Jewish community of Volodymyr-Volynsky, going back to its first historical mentions. It explores Jewish settlement in the city, the kahal, and the role of the community in the Va’ad Arba Aratsot, and profiles several important historical figures, including Shelomoh of Karlin and Khane-Rokhl Werbermacher (the Maiden of Ludmir). It also considers the city’s synagogues and Jewish cemetery, and explores the twentieth-century history of the community, especially during the Holocaust. Drawing on survivor eyewitness testimonies, the author pays tribute to the town’s Righteous among the Nations and describes efforts to preserve the memory of its Jewish community, including the creation of the Piatydni memorial, and lists prominent Jews born in Volodymyr-Volynsky and natives of the city living abroad. This book will be of interest to historians of the Jewish communities and the Holocaust in Ukraine, as well as to the general reader.

Volodymyr Muzychenko was born in Sarny, Ukraine. He graduated from the Rivine Music College and the Rivne State Institute of Culture. Since 1988, he has lived in Volodymyr-Volynskiy where he teaches guitar at a children’s music school and is the head of the town’s small Jewish community. Muzychenko has researched the history of the Jewish community of Volodymyr-Volynsky extensively and takes care of the town’s Jewish graves and sites of execution.


[A] finely tuned scholarly work that mines Ukrainian and Russian archives for materials previously unavailable to American scholars.
— Rosie Rosenzweig, Resident Scholar, Brandeis University, Women's Studies Research Center for
Volodymyr Muzychenko . . . committed the last ten years of his life to gathering historical data on the Jews of his city and the region. His work is thus the first and fullest narrative to date about the Jews of Volodymyr-Volynsky. . . . The book is noteworthy for its balanced material and the author’s desire to avoid a purely lamentational type of exposition. Instead, he sought to show Jewish history as a variegated process marked by both tragic and distinguished pages.
— Vitalii Chernoivanenko, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine)