BRICEVA (ro) / BRICHEVO (ru) / BRITCHEVA (yid)
Bricheva was established as a Jewish agricultural colony in 1836 by colonists originating from Podolia. By the end of the 19th century the population of Briceva consisted of 300 Jewish families. According to the Census of 1897 Jews consisted 96% of Briceva population (1598 of 1664). In 1924 176 Jewish families were engaged in agriculture. In 1930 Jews consisted 89% of Briceva population (2431 of 2735). In 1940s dozens of Briceva Jews were repressed by the Soviet power. During WW2 some Jews succeeded to escape, most were caught and deported to Transnistria, were most of them met their death. Today almost only a cemetery and a formerly Jewish windmill reminds about a vibrant Jewish life in Briceva.
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