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or Trohinbrod, also in Polish: Zofjówka (pl), or in Russian: Софиевка (Sofievka), in Ukrainian: Трохимбрід (Trokhymbrid), Hebrew: טרוכנברוד‎, was an exclusively Jewish shtetl – a small town, with an area of 1,728 acres (6.99 km2) – located in the gmina Silno, powiat Łuck
of the Wołyń Voivodeship, in the Second Polish Republic.[1] Following the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939, Zofjówka (official Polish name) was renamed in Russian and incorporated into the new Volyn Oblast
Volyn Oblast
of the UkSSR. Two years later, at the start of Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
in 1941, it was annexed by Nazi Germany into the Reichskommissariat Ukraine
under a new Germanized name.[2] Trochenbrod
(Zofjówka) was completely eradicated in the course of German occupation and the ensuing Holocaust.[3] The town used to be situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Łuck
in the Kresy
macroregion (present-day western Ukraine).[3] The nearest villages of today are Yaromel (Яромель) and Klubochyn (Клубочин).[2] The original settlement inhabited entirely by Jews, was named after Sophie, a Württemberg princess (1759–1828) married to the Tsar of Russia Paul I (hence Sofievka or Zofjówka). She donated a parcel of land for the Jewish settlement in the Russian Partition
Russian Partition
after the conquest of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
(see new Pale of Settlement district).[2]


1 History

1.1 The Holocaust

2 Trochenbrod
in literature 3 Notes 4 References 5 See also

History[edit] Sofievka (Trochenbrod) was founded in 1835, after the November Uprising, initially as a farming colony for the dispossessed Jews, and with time developed into a small town. The population grew from around 1,200 inhabitants (235 families) in 1889, to 1,580 in 1897 according to Jewish archives.[2] In the Second Polish Republic, the number of inhabitants reached 4,000.[1] The name Trochenbrod
in Yiddish
stands for "Dry Bread" or "Bread without Butter" (German: Trockenbrot). Towards the end of World War I, during the Polish–Soviet War, the forces of the re-emerging sovereign Poland and the Red Army
Red Army
fought over the town. It was ceded to Poland in the Peace of Riga
Peace of Riga
signed with Vladimir Lenin,[4] and it became part of the Wołyń Voivodeship in the Kresy
Borderlands. Most of the population were engaged in agriculture, dairy farming and tanning. There were seven synagogues in Trochenbrod, including three big ones. In 1939, the town, along with the rest of Kresy, was invaded by the Soviet Union (see Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact). The rabbi at that time was Rabbi
Gershon Weissmann. The Communists exiled him to Siberia after accusing him of being involved in underground salt trading.[2] The Holocaust[edit]

memorial to Trochenbrod
and Lozisht
Jewry at the Holon Cemetery in Israel

After Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet forces in eastern Poland in June 1941, the new German administration established a Jewish ghetto at Trochenbrod, confining there also Jews from nearby villages and towns. The Ghetto was liquidated in August and September 1942 in a series of massacres by uniformed police.[5] Most of the Jews of Trochenbrod
as well as of the neighbouring village Lozisht
(Ignatówka in Polish) were murdered by the local collaborators,[2] consisting mostly of the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police
Ukrainian Auxiliary Police
who rounded up the prisoners in the presence of only a few German SS men. According to Virtual Shtetl
over 5,000 Jews were massacred, including 3,500 from Zofiówka and 1,200 from Ignatówka among other nearby settlements.[6][7] Fewer than 200 Jews managed to escape death by fleeing into the forest. The Soviet partisans hiding in the nearby village of Klubochyn assisted some 150 survivors. Some Jews joined the resistance in the region and took up partisan actions against the Nazis.[5] The village was totally destroyed and burnt down in 1942, and subsequently leveled out after World War II in the Soviet Ukraine.[2] Now only fields and a forest can be found there, and an ominous flatland with an aimless country road running through it.[3] One Ukrainian family in Klubochyn was executed for assisting Jews.[5] After the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors from Trochimbrod, numbering between 33,[2] and 40,[5] lived in the area of nearby Lutsk.[2] Trochenbrod
in literature[edit] A fictionalized historical portrayal of the shtetl life at Trachimbrod was featured in the 2002 non-fiction novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer
as well as in the 2005 film based on the novel.[3] Safran Foer, whose father and grandfather came from Trochenbrod, depicts fictionalized events in the village beginning in 1791 – the year in which the shtetl was first named – until 1942, when it was destroyed in the war.[3] Safran Foer's modern-day protagonist (who goes by the author's name and also by the name "Hero", or "the Collector" in the film version) comes to contemporary Ukraine
to look for a woman named Augustine, who saved his grandfather in the war. The novel was criticized by a reviewer from Ukraine
published by The Prague Post online.[5] Notes[edit]

^ a b Jagiellonian Digital Library (2016) [1936]. "Wołyński Dziennik Wojewódzki". 1; 96 pages. Łuck, Urząd Wojewódzki Wołyński. Pos. 345 at page 63 in DjVu reader. Digital copy identifier: NDIGCZAS003514 (public domain).  See also: Strony o Wołyniu (2008). "Zofjówka". Town description in the Polish language, with location map, statistical data, and a short list of prominent individuals. Wolyn.ovh.org.  ^ a b c d e f g h i Eleazar Barco (Bork); Samuel Sokolow (22 April 1999). "Trochinbrod - Zofiowka". Gary Sokolow website. Translated from Hebrew
by Karen Engel. Retrieved 1 March 2017.  ^ a b c d e The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod
by Avrom Bendavid-Val. A Lost History, official website. Internet Archive. ^ Zamoyski, Adam (2008). Warsaw 1920: Lenin's Failed Conquest of Europe. Harper Collins. ISBN 0007225520.  ^ a b c d e Ivan Katchanovski (7 October 2004). "Not Everything Is Illuminated". The Prague Post. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014 – via Internet Archive. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Beit Tal (2010). "Zofiówka". POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.  ^ Beit Tal (2014). "Truchenbrod – Lozisht". The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10 – via Internet Archive. 

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Vainer, Y. (Yakov) (1988). The tree and its roots האילן ושורשיו : ספר קורות ט״ל : זופיובקה־־איגנטובקה (in Hebrew). LCCN 88195445. Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) A book about the combined towns of Trochenbrod
and Lozisht. Everything is illuminated (2005) - a film about a young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather's life during World War 2 in a Ukrainian village Trochenbrod, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. Trochenbrod
& Lozisht
community website Zofiówka (8.) in the Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland (1895) (in Polish)

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