24 May 2015

On This Day: Russian city burns

It was On This Day in 1881 that the Russian city of Pinsk burned. Pinsk was, at that time, located in Minsk and was home to 18,000 residents.

During that time period, many Russian cities, towns and villages were burned as the “red rooster” struck out against the Jews of Russia at that time.

Pinsk remained part of the Russian Empire until 1915. Today Pinsk is part of Belarus and 130,000 souls call it home. The city itself dates back to 1097.  


Jacobs, J., Persecution of the Jews in Russia, 1881. London: Spottiswoode & Co. 

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 24 May 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.