shtetl

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shtetl

any small-town Jewish settlement in East Europe. [Jewish Hist.: Wigoder, 552]
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Passing many other shtetlach, we headed for Belzec and Sobibor, death camps in which more than a million people were massacred.
There, close to the ocean where summer beach-goers clustered while on its other shore genocide was being imagined and committed--the idea and the act--a first- and second generation Jewish community looked backward to pre-War Europe for its social and religious inheritance, forward to the American "melting pot" for the business and professional lives of its children--with little more than a sideward glance at the destruction enveloping the Jews of Europe and the shtetlach that had been their own not long before.