Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Pechenizhyn, Ukraine - Original Linocut

Yiddish name: Petchinizhin

Previous names, countries: Pechenizhyn [Rus], Peczeniżyn [Pol]

Pechenezhin is a small town in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine on the Luchka and Pecheniga rivers, 12 km. from Kolomya. Pechenizhyn was owned by the Potocki family, the biggest Polish magnates (landowners) in Ukraine. We know that Jews resided there as early as the 18th century, since the wooden synagogue in the town, complete with its spectacular wall paintings, dates to this time. The population of the town – both Jewish and non-Jewish – grew significantly following the discovery of oil at the end of the 19th century. In 1890 there were 2,224 Jews in Pechenizhyn (out of 6,838 inhabitants), but with the decrease in oil production the Jewish population of the town dwindled, with many leaving for other locations in Galicia or abroad. During the Holocaust the Jews of Pechenizhyn were deported to the Kołomyja ghetto, where they died together with the Jews of Kolomyja.

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