This Day in Jewish History / Catherine the Great tells Jews where they can live
The empress approved the creation of the Pale of Settlement, to restrict Jews' movement and rights.
On December 23, 1791, Catherine II (“the Great”), the empress of Russia, authorized the creation of the Pale of Settlement, an area in the western part of the empire in which Jewish subjects would be required to reside. The borders of the Pale, which was abolished formally only in 1917, changed with time, as did the rules regarding Jews who were exempted from the requirement to live there, but at its...
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