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‘The Most Civic City’

Boruch Chaim’s History of Keidan contains a passing reference to the town, in 1590, receiving the “Magdeburg rights.” I researched this enough to include a short explanation of these as a set of rules, under which municipalities could administer their own … Continue reading

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Where was Keidan?

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.

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