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shtetl

 (shtĕt′l, shtāt′l)
n. pl. shtetls or shtet·lach (-läKH)
A small Jewish town or village in Eastern Europe, especially before World War II.

[Yiddish, from Middle High German stetel, diminutive of stat, town, from Old High German, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

shtetl

(ˈʃtetəl) or

shtetel

n, pl shtetlach (ˈʃtetlaːx) , shtetelach, shtetls or shtetels
(Sociology) (formerly) a small Jewish community in Eastern Europe
[Yiddish, little town]

shtetl

(ˈʃtɛt l, ˈʃteɪ tl)

n., pl. shtet•lach (ˈʃtɛt lɑx, -ləx, ˈʃteɪt-)
Eng. shtetls.
Yiddish. (formerly) a Jewish village in E Europe.
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Our poor shtetel is burning, Raging winds are fanning the wild flames And furiously tearing, Destroying and scattering everything.
It is based on the Jew who had to teach the Polish nobleman's horse to read and to write within a year -- otherwise the whole shtetel would be massacred.