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Shana Tova!

We wish you and your families health, peace and prosperity in the coming years. – Staff of JHRG Belarus

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1876 List of melameds of Mstislavl Uezd

In the Russian Empire of the 19th century, day schools (called cheder) were very common for Jewish boys. Students were divided into three age groups. From ages 3-5, the youngest boys learned the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. From ages … Continue reading

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Ancestral Trip Testimonial

For those of you who are thinking about taking an ancestral trip to Belarus, we would like to share a recent testimonial from one of our clients who just returned from their trip. Hi Yuri, We are finally back from … Continue reading

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1921 – List of Jews from Belarus looking for relatives in America (Part 2)

Our post from June 30th about Belorussian Jews which were looking for their relatives in US in 1921 got a lot of attention, and we’ve received a lot of inquiries from our readers. We’ve decided to continue publishing this list, … Continue reading

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1921 – List of Jews from Belarus looking for relatives in America.

In October 1921, a JOINT representative from United States came to Belarus with an inspection of Jewish life, because it was a very difficult time when Jewish institutions tried to survive. When he was meeting and talking to people in … Continue reading

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Malyi Trostenets (Belarus) – 4th largest extermination camp in Europe during WWII

On June 8, 2014, a ceremony was held on the site of the Maly Trostenets death camp, located in a Minsk, Belarus suburb, marking the commencement of construction of a memorial dedicated to the camp’s casualties. It was the fourth … Continue reading

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Tombstones discovery (Brest-Litovsk Jewish cemetery)

A Few weeks ago during construction work in Brest (Brest-Litovsk) on Minskiy Lane almost 150 whole tombstones and pieces of tombstone from pre-war Jewish cemetery were discovered. Minsky Lane is located not far from the territory of former Jewish cemetery, … Continue reading

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1853 Synagogues of Mozyr uyezd / Skrygalov, Kopatkevichy, Petrikov, Lenin, Lakhva, David-Horodok, Turov, Karolin

According to the 1850 Census of the Russian Empire, the Jewish population had grown more than half since the previous census in 1834 to 2,350,00 people.  Within the Pale of Settlement, 25 percent of the population was Jewish.  Therefore, the … Continue reading

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Jewish Hotel Owners of MInsk, Belarus (1914)

By 1914, the Minsk Jewish population was 45,103, a little less than half of the total population of Minsk (106,673).  At that time in Minsk, sales and services were controlled by Jewish people. 78% were store owners, 72% were truckers, … Continue reading

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How Borisov’s Jews saved Napoleon in 1812

In November of 1812, the Russian army surrounded French troops at the Berezino River in shtetl Borisov, Minsk guberniya. French General Ebel decided that that the only possible escape for the French was to cross the Berezino, so he created … Continue reading

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