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From: iosif vaisman <iosif.vaisman_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 19:40:19 -0500
To: czernowitz-L <Czernowitz-L_at_cornell.edu>
Reply-To: iosif vaisman <iosif.vaisman_at_gmail.com>

165 years ago, on March 4, 1849, Kaiserthum Oesterreich, the Austrian
Empire, proclaimed its new constitution
As a result, the Kreis Czernowitz, until that day a constituent part
of the Königreich Galizien und Lodomerien became Herzogtum Bukowina, a
separate Austrian crown land. A precocious teenager going by the name
Franz Joseph I in addition to his existing titles became also known as
the Duke of Bukovina. For 14,000 Bukovina Jews those were the truly
watershed events. Article V of the new constitution read: "Equal
justice will be given to all races, and each race has the inviolable
right of preserving and maintaining its own nationality and language".
And even though these words did not immediately (or anytime soon)
translate to the realities on the ground, the Jewish life in Bukovina
has dramatically changed to the better. It is likely that our list
owes its very existence (at least in part) to what has happened on
that day 165 years ago.


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