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About the project
Shtetl became a symbol of Jewish life before the Holocaust. The clusters of wooden houses marked by mezuzahs, shops, schools and synagogues for a busy week resounded with Yiddish so that on Friday evening the inhabitants could celebrate the Sabbath, engulfing in the smell of kugel and cholent and in the sounds of niguns. By writing down their history in the Virtual Shtetl we want to pay homage to the constellations of Jewish towns in the lands of the former Polish Commonwealth.