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 Tetiev Today
by Fred Livingstone

In June of 2013, my wife Pearl and I travelled the 70 miles from Kiev in the Ukraine to Tetiev. My mother Libbie Warshawsky was born there in 1900 and emigrated from there to Cleveland in 1910.  She was a niece of Sam and Minnie Klausner and a first cousin of their sons Ben, Nathan and Jake Klausner.

In 1920 the Cossacks took over the village and slaughtered 4,000 of the 6,000 Jews living there and the rest fled. The Cossacks then destroyed the shtetl leaving no records or trace of a Jewish presence except the cemetery. Today that is a hard-to-find weed infested field with a few stones here and there with no distinguishable writing. There would be nothing in modern Tetiev which my mother would have recognized except the landscape. We found it a sobering experience.


Below: Modern Tetiev across the little Russka River.        View a Google® Map of the area

Below: Gravestone with faint Hebrew markings in Tetiev Jewish cemetery.

Below: Gravestone in Tetiev field which was the Jewish cemetery.

Below: Menorah Monument next to the ravine at Babi Yar in Kiev, Ukraine

Menorah Monument donated by the State of Israel next to the ravine at Babi Yar where in 1941, following the capture of Kiev by the Nazis, Jews were rounded up with the assistance of the Ukrainians, stripped of their clothing and valuables, lined up along the edge of the ravine, and shot so that they fell into the ravine.  

  The Hebrew on the stone translates:
"The sound of your brother's blood screams out to me from this ground.” Genesis 4:10.
This was part of God’s response to Cain’s saying, when asked about Abel, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Below: Active Jewish synagogue in Odessa.

Before the Nazis and their Rumanian allies took over the city in 1941, half the city was Jewish.
 Currently, there are about 30,000 Jews out of a population of 1,000,000.

Thanks to Fred Livingstone, Cleveland attorney and
civic activist, for the photos and text on this page. AB

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