Tarascha - Historical Birth City of Stars and Celebrities
The city of Tarascha is located in the Kyiv Oblast, and was under the Cossack rule for many years. Its turbulent years did not end with the fall of Cossacks, as it saw many acts of violence and hate in the years that followed. It is a town that usually got caught up in the battles that swept across the Kyiv Region, suffering heavy losses and destruction. Fortunately, Tarascha is still standing, able to share its past, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking forests with visitors.
Tarascha became a very important shtetl during the 20th century. A large Jewish community settled in the city and lived here in peace for many years. After the Hetmanate fell in the year 1918, the hatred and judgement against Jews grew, until it reached boiling point in 1920. Throughout 1919, bandits and small groups of peasants were terrorizing Jews and attacking them when the opportunity struck. The first coordinated attack was on the city of Tarascha, in which the Jewish community was victorious and a period of relative peace was enjoyed. In 1920, however, Tarascha and most of the Kyiv Region would be attacked and thousands of Jews would lose their lives or be forced to flee their homes. Tarascha was also the scene of violence and victory on 5 January 1944. It was the day that the Ukrainian Front weakened the German Army, forcing their armies back, and recapturing both Tarascha and Berdichev.
On a much lighter note, however, Tarascha is connected with a few famous people from Ukraine. Oleksandr Moroz, a Ukraine politician, was born and raised in the city. Boris Thomashefsky would become known as an American Jewish actor and singer and star of the Yiddish Theatre. Few knew that Thomashefsky was born in Tarascha in the year 1868. The well-known Ukrainian composer, Alexander Zlotnik, was born in Tarascha on 15 November 1948.
Tarascha is a lovely city, with a rich history filled with destruction, victory and determination. It is a city of the Kyiv Region that has many stories to share and many treasures to explore.