Russia and Eastern Europe

Russia and the Former Soviet States

Where was the Pale of Settlement

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Pale of Settlement was an area in which Russia attempted to restrict Jewish settlement. It extended from what is now eastern Poland to Ukraine and Belarus. Within the confines of the Pale, Jews were subjected to anti-Jewish regulations as well as mass killings.

Abandoned and crumbling buildings near the Chernobyl power plant are a stark reminder of the Soviet-era disaster in the Ukraine.

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