While this website is of interest to anyone
with a personal connection to this small town in western Ukraine,
it is also relevant to a much wider audience that has yet
to discover its fascinating history. Tluste's little-known
connection to the founder of the Hasidic religion, the Ba'al
Shem Tov, should in itself be a source of inspiration to countless
thousands of followers around the world. The town's darker
association with atrocities perpetrated against Jews during
the Second World War make for compelling reading and sober
The site provides historical accounts from
the perspectives of the three main communities – Ukrainian,
Jewish and Polish – who co-existed for centuries in
Tluste and the surrounding region. These are complemented
by biographical details of a number of the interesting characters
linked to the town; and information on present-day buildings
and monuments that form part of its history. Care has been
taken to reference the original source material in easily
For those with historical family ties to
Tluste/Tovste and an interest in genealogy, the website offers
a number of valuable resources. These include details of various
archives and their holdings; links to other specialised websites
I have found useful in my own research; reworked extracts
of various historical business directories, and even a modern-day
telephone directory. A built-in search facility offers users
another powerful way of navigating the site and extracting
useful information: looking up a keyword or a surname of interest
may yield an informative or unexpected result.
The site is liberally sprinkled with photographs
of the town from my personal collection and from other sources.
Some of these have been organised into individual galleries,
for example, of the modern Greek Catholic church, the Jewish
cemetery, and exhibits from the local museum. A timeline of
local events spanning hundreds of years, a compilation of
census records, and a gallery of historical maps of Tovste
and the surrounding region round out the content. Already
several years in preparation, there is much more material
that I have compiled but have yet to prepare for display.
In that sense, the project remains a work in progress.
This website may also be useful for the casual
reader simply interested in the information it offers on travel
to western Ukraine, based on my dozen or so yars of experience
visiting this particular corner of the country. Descriptions
are given of other remarkable places to visit in the vicinity.
Other commitments have prevented me from updating the website
much in recent years, which is not to say that I have not
continued to carry out further research on the town. Indeed,
this research has remained a major preoccupation in my spare
time and will eventually materialise in the form of a book.
Nevertheless, I am pleased to have been able to make some
substantial revisions and additions in 2018-19, which can
be found in the What's
I would suggest a visit to the Site
Map for an overview of what the Tluste / Tovste website
has to offer. If you enjoy the website, find it useful or
would like to offer any feedback, feel free to send me an
email using the Feedback page.
If you have a website of your own, I invite you to make a
link to www.tovste.info.