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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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The Keidan cemetery database

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

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Simchas-Toyre in Keidan

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

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