Voronko 1862 – 1876

Sholem characterized Voronko as “a small and pretty town. Its width and length could be traversed in half hour by one possessing strength and a pair of legs. It was without a railroad, without a seashore, and noiseless except during the two semi annual fairs … It was a very, very, small town but so many beautiful stories and legends were written about it that they alone could fill a volume.” Voronko was where Sholem attended kheyder and experienced small-town Jewish life, which he would later adapt into his image of the shtetl.

View of the marketplace, Rezhishtshev Ukraine, circa 1900. (YIVO) From http://www.yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Shtetl (accessed 27 January, 2016)