Recent blog posts
- Recalling those who survived the Keidan massacre
- ‘Good Morning, Lithuania’
- The Printed Version
- Another Day to Remember
- A Comment on Hirsh Bloshtein
- Yudel Ronder
- Coming Together for Passover
- A Century in Photographs
- The Problematic Hirsh Bloshtein
- Locating Lost Tribes
- Opening the Archives
- The Badkhn of Keidan
- The Keidan cemetery database
- Simchas-Toyre in Keidan
- August 28
- Beit Zera
- Hashomer Hatzair
- Keidaner Association
- Red Army
- Shoah / Holocaust
- South Africa
- Soviet Union
- Tsarist Russia
- World War I
- Youth movements
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Author Archives: Andrew
After years of procrastination, I have finally collected and published the bulk of the Keidan memorial books on line. Continue reading
Beginning in the 1870s, a Keidan badkhn named David Lindy compiled his wedding material into a beautifully handwritten book, which was later brought to America. Continue reading
One of the best-read features of the old Keidan website was a directory of gravestone inscriptions, heroically and improbably gathered by the genealogist Ada Green. For a couple years back in the late 1990s, Ada visited Keidaner cemeteries in New … Continue reading
Every year at this time I turn to a story about Keidan, specifically about how the Simchas Toyre holiday was celebrated in the town. My grandfather published this set of vignettes and memories in 1940, as part of the Keidaner … Continue reading
“The mass murder of the Jews of Keidan, together with Jews from nearby Shat [Šeta] and Zheim [Žeimiai] began on the afternoon of August 28, 1941. At the airfield, Soviet prisoners of war were forced to dig a huge … Continue reading
The Russian empire was divided into provinces, or guberniyas. Keidan was a district capital in what the Russians called Kovno guberniya, a province governed from the city of Kovno (Kaunas), some 40 kilometers south.
This is about a mystery. While searching through digitized newspapers from the early 1900s, I discovered B. Cassel’s name mentioned in an article, announcing the formation of this society at an event in one of Manhattan’s most prestigious synagogues.
Boruch Chaim Cassel – called Bernard in America, but known to his friends as Alter – was born in Keidan in 1877, the son of a tailor. He had a traditional Jewish cheder education, but also studied Russian and other secular … Continue reading
In November 1930, the Keidaner Association of New York celebrated its 30th year of existence with a party and a book.
The first version of this website appeared in 1995, not long after Netscape introduced a WYSIWYG editor to go with its then-new Internet browser.