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Uman - Rabbi Nachman’s Tomb

Looking for a suitable place to interrupt the very long journey from Kamyanets-Podilskyi to Odessa, my gaze fell on the map on Uman. Yet it was still a bus ride of about eight hours from K-P to Uman.

In Ukraine everybody knows this town because of the Sofiyivka Park, a large landscaped park with pavilions, lakes, fountains and of course lots of trees. I must admit that I wasn’t impressed much by the Sofiyivka Park. More romantic souls will probably love it.

But my guidebook also mentioned another place in town:
Exactly four lines of the book were spent on the final resting place of the revered Hasidic Rabbi Nachman (1772 – 1810), the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.
I was more curious about where this tomb was and I ended up in a world unknown to me where however I was very welcome.
On the picture the tomb is on the rear right but I preferred to show a few overall views of the area where Jews came to pray.

Information from Wikipedia:
A large Jewish community lived in Uman in the 18th and 19th centuries. During the Second World War, in 1941, the Battle of Uman took place in the vicinity of the town, where the German army encircled Soviet positions. The Germans deported the entire Jewish community, murdering some 17.000 Jews, and completely destroyed the Jewish cemetery, burial place of the victims of the 1768 uprising as well as Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. (After the war, a Breslov Hasid managed to locate the grave and preserved it when the Soviets turned the entire area into a housing project.)
Since the 1990s there has been a small, but growing, Jewish population in Uman. The local Jews are mostly involved in pilgrimage of Jewish tourists that arrive to the town.

But given all over the country, Ukraine had 840.000 Jews in 1959, a decrease of almost 70 % from 1941 (within Ukraine's current borders).

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6881 W: 24 N: 16192] (63402)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-07-23
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-01-16 22:39
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