Slovechno

Словечне – Slovechne (Ukrainian), Словечно – Slovechno (Russian)

Slovechno is a village in Ovruch district, Zhitomir region. The population is 1,725 people (in 2001).
In the early XX century, Slovechno was a shtetl of Ovruch uyezd, Volin gubernia.
The village was a district center of the Zhitomir region from 1923 till 1962.

Part of the information for this article was provided by local historian Oleksiy Gorbachevskiy.
Much more of information about Jews of Slovechno can be found in the book Slovechno is My Shtetl by Isaak Kipnis. But it is in Yiddish 🙁

In 2017, local historian Oleksiy Gorbachevskiy provide for us good excursion in Slovechno. You will be able to see him on all videos in this article.

There isn’t much information about the pre-revolutionary history of Jews in Slovechno.

Father and mother of Isaak Kipnis, in Slovechno, beginning of XX century
Father and mother of Isaak Kipnis, in Slovechno, beginning of XX century

In 1913, Jews owned all 19 grocery stalls, all three hardware stalls, both manufacturies, the only clothing shop, as well as the butcher’s and baking house.

One of two mills belonged to a Jew man, Engelbrekht. The owner of the drugstore was Abram Yurovskiy. He rent it to his compatriot Leyzer Markman.