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The Galician Karaites After 1945

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The face of Eastern Europe, and of Galicia as well, was completely changed as a result of the war, the ruin of pre-war life, the massacre of the local Slavic and Jewish population, and the new demarcation of state borders. After the war, the number of Karaites in Eastern Europe considerably decreased: some left with the retreating German army in 1944, some died during the war, some perished in concentration camps. The end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s was the time of the ?velvet" revolutions in the socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Today, in spite of the fact that the Karaite community of Galicia has practically disappeared, its presence in this region is still reflected in the historical toponymy of the area and in the memories of local inhabitants.

Keywords: Eastern Europe; Galician Karaites; Soviet Union; velvet revolutions



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