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Konotop, Ukraine History of the Region, Town, and Jewish Community

By Robert S. Sherins

Vice-president, Polish Genealogy Society of California

March 25, 2004

konotopThere are several versions of the origin of the town named Konotop, (aka Konotip). The exact date of first inhabitation is not known, but the Siveriany Tribe settled there during the middle ages, possibly from the 6th century.

They were involved in agriculture. A second version of the origin dated from the time of the Kievan Rus in the 12th century. Pottery shards of the type made by the Kievan Rus have been discovered in excavations near Konotop, which indicated early Kievan Rus inhabitation of the region. Another version began in the 13th century when the Tatars called the place Konotople because of the swamps, where many invaders had died during the invasion of Russia.

According to the Polish historical version, Konotop was established under Polish rather than Russian rule. Historical documents about the origin of Konotop were discovered in the Archives of Warsaw. Those documents were given to the Konotop museum in 1965. They revealed that Wladislaw IV Vasa, son of King Sigismund III, gave Mikola Cetisotu the regional lands of Konotop, which included the towns of Konotop, Gorodische, and Ezuch, for “services rendered to the Crown.”

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Grigory Ayzenstat, Computer Compiler and Editor, Lebn

Emiliya Ayzenstat, Member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

Nikolay Litovchenko, Computer Version Input

Emiliya Ayzenstat, Proof Reader

Vasily Lutzenko, photographs of this issue and archival photographs

Published by “Arman,” City of Kharkov, Ukraine (1000 copies).

English translation by Angela Semakova

Kiev, Ukraine, April 10, 2003

English translation by Robert Fineman

Santa Monica, California, October 29, 2003

English version edited with footnotes by Robert S. Sherins

Pacific Palisades, California, November 1, 2003