Jewish World: Odessa Remnanats

A dilapidated archive tells the story of a once thriving Jewish community.

By JULIE MASIS
November 29, 2015 17:14
Odessa

An almost 100-year-old photo of the reporter’s great-grandmother, Rivka Barshah, found in the Odessa state archive. (photo credit: JULIE MASIS)

 
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