Korsun

Korsun

Korsun. House aged from mid-19th century similar to those where the Gnoyenskys lived. Year 2007-2011.

Korsun. House aged from mid-19th century similar to those where the Gnoyenskys lived. Year 2007-2011.

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

The name Korsun originated from Khersones (Koros was the Greek god of sun), an ancient Greek word that meant peninsula and was commonly used in naming port cities, settlements, and regions. When Greek clergy had migrated from the Crimean city of Khersones (modern name: Kherson) to run the recently accepted faith they named their new hometown after their old one even though it was nowhere near a sea.

By the end of the 19th century, half of Korsun population of four thousand was Jewish.

The name of another Ukrainian town Kherson has the same origin.

Read more about this town in https://jewua.org/korsun/. The information for it was provided by Klavdiya Kolesnikova, the founder of Korsun Jewish museum.

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