Belaya Tserkov

Belaya Tserkov

Belaya Tserkov's gostiny ryad (shopping arcade). Postcard. End of 19th century.

Belaya Tserkov’s gostiny ryad (shopping arcade). Postcard. End of 19th century.

Town in Ukraine near Kiev. Located in the Pale of Settlement.

Belaya Tserkov was the second largest town in the Kiev region. Its name translates as White Church which refers to a medieval white-painted cathedral that does not exist any longer.

Not willing to utter the word church, Jews dubbed the city Shvartse Tume, Black Abomination.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, about a third of its population was Jewish.

Read more about this town in http://jewua.org/belaya_tserkov/.

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