STRATYN - STRATIN
village in western Ukraine
in the historic area of Halychyna (Galicia / Galizien / Galicja / Galizia)
formerly in Austrian empire (1772-1918), Poland (1365 - 1772, 1918-1939) and USSR (1939-1941, 1944 - 1991)


Stratyn (Stratin) on the map of Eastern Europe

Stratyn used to be the town, and it had two parts which were usually referred as Startyn selo (Stratyn-wies in Polish) and Stratyn misto (Stratyn-miasto). Stratin is Russian name of the village, which you may find on some maps from Soviet period (1939-1941, 1944-1991), while Stratyn is Ukrainian and Polish name of this village. In Yiddish its name was Strettin / Staretin (hence the Yiddish adjective forms Strettiner, Stretiner, Stratiner, Stratyner) I think. Village si situated the picturesque valley of small river or rather a brook...surrounded by forests and fields. In 1932, when Stratyn was part of poland (during 1918-1932), the town status was Stratyn was canceled bu the order of the Minster of Internal Affairs of Poland (Septmeber 9th, 1932).

REACHING STRATYN...

Now itis merely a large village half an hour drive from district center of ROHATYN via Pukiv (Pukow in Polish, at crossroads in Pukiv, one shoud take small road to the left leading through fields and forests to this village. it si possible to reach Stratyn also from Berezhany, taking the road to Rohatyn and then taking turn to the right in Pukiv crossroads. Distance to Rohatyn is amybe 12 - 15 km or even less, and to Berezhany it is about 25 km. Daily micro bus communicates to Stratyn from Rohatyn Bus Station. If flying from the US, the closest international airport to get to Stratyn is in LVIV (spelled as LVOV in international flight data systems, 80 km north west from Stratyn). From Lviv there is no problem to reach Rohatyn either by bus or train. Or one might get to Berezhany (by bus only) from Lviv. From Rohatyn one can walk 10 km to Stratyn even, if he / she is young and strong enough:-) But of course the best way would be to hire a driver either straight in Lviv or in Rohatyn or Berezhany.

In this village, around 1600 there was opened one of the first printing houses in Ukraine where used to work Hedeon Balaban, Pamvo Berynda (one of the first printers on Ukrainian lands).  It was namely in 1599 that the third printshop in Ukraine was founded in the village of Stratyn, and another was established in the village of Krylos, near Halych (Galich). There is monument to the Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko in Startyn. The last was erected quite recently, after the collapse of Soviet system I think.

My friends Slavik, John and my older brother Bohdan (last right) in Startyn
My friend Slavik (Yaroslav Kolomiychenko, from Berezhany), John (from England) and my older bother Bohdan (last to the right) in the village of Stratyn near Rohatyn. At the Jewsih cemetery of Startyn (on the back it is grave chapel of Stratyn tsaddik, of so called Strettener Chasids). Picture taken by me in Stratyn, October, 1999. Chapel was erected quite recently at the costs and efforts of Lviv Jewish Community (by Melekh Sheykhet). At the table to the right, it is written in Ukrainian to the local village people honour the place of Jewish roghteous who will pray for you. The most known Stratyn Hassidic rabbis were rabbi Avrohom (Avraham) of Stretin, rabbi Yehudah Tzvi (Zewi) of Stretin (Yuda Zvi di Stretin in Spanish. He was called the Sage of Stratyn also) and the holy Admor R' Moshe of Stretin.

Inside the ohel in Stratyn
Inside the Jewsih grave chapel (ohel) in Stratyn. To restore and these grave monuments of Hassidic tsaddiks, it took much efforst and diligence. They were deep underneath in the ground already to digg out and fix them. Prayer books in Hebrew (printed in Israel) are availble in the chapael, I saw. One can put also a candle.



See more on the history of Hassids (Hasidut) of Stratyn :

Hasidut of Stratyn (see middle part of the page) by Yehoshua Spiegel
Rabbi Yehudah Tzvi of Stretin

Reb Yehudah Tzvi of Stretin used to say,  "When you grow aware of a new way in which to serve God, you should carry it around with you secretly and don't speak it out for nine months.  It's as though you were pregnant with it.  Only after that time can you let others know about it as though it were a birth."
        It takes time to climb.  When you're pregnant with a new life, you've got to take care of yourself, nurture your new way, and give it time to grow. 

Stratyn on the map
Above: Detailed modern map of area around Rohatyn (Rogatin) and Berezhany (Berezany / Brzezany) with Stratyn marked on it (just inbetween Rohatyn and Berezhany, left part of the map, down of the mount of Pikula, 435 meters high)

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