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1946 List of Polish-born Jews, who returned to Poland from town Lida of Belarus (Part 2)

Lida, Suvalkovskaya Street early 20th century. This is part 2 of the list of Polish-born Jews, which returned to Poland from town Lida. It lists 25 families, which travelled between February 2 and November 30, 1946 Advertisements

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Jewish Photographers in Belarus, late-19th to early-20th centuries

During the second half of the 19th-century, photography became very popular in the Russian Empire. New photography studios were opening in the large cities. As in other businesses, Jews became active in this new field. Sculpture of early 20th century … Continue reading

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19th-beginning of 20th century: List of Jewish Political Prisoners from Belarus sent to Siberia .

During the 18th-19th centuries in the Russian Empire, one of the harshest punishments was the transport of criminals to hard-labor camps in eastern Siberia. The climate there was terrible: In the winter, it was freezing; and in the summer it … Continue reading

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1945-1946 List of Polish-born Jews, who returned to Poland from town Lida of Belarus

In September 1939, as a result of the agreement between Germany and USSR, part of the eastern region of Poland was added to Belarus. More than 350,000 Polish Jews became citizens of the USSR. Vilenskaya Street (currently Sovetskaya Street ) … Continue reading

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A Grodno Treasure

Earlier this month, during demolition of an old house in Grodno, contractors found a container hidden in a basement wall. It contained 11 gold coins dating back to 1897-98, and a gold wedding ring inscribed in Hebrew: “Rebecca, beginning of … Continue reading

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1929: Jewish families from Belarus move to Birobidjan

On March 28, 1928, the Communists decided to create a Jewish autonomous region in Siberia, near the Chinese border. The regional capital was to be at the site of a small railroad station, then called Tikhonkaya; later changed to Birobidjan. … Continue reading

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1887 – Jewish owners of linen-processing factories in Belarus

By the mid-19th century, Russia had become the largest country exporting linen to Europe. It was used for in the production of fabric, oil, cords and cables. It became one of the fastest-growing industries in Russia. Process of creating linen threads in … Continue reading

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1915: List of Jewish army deserters from Slonim uezd

In 1914, at the beginning of World War I, there were some 400,000 Jewish soldiers and officers in the Russian Empire’s army. By 1916, their numbers had increased to 500,000, about 9% of all the soldiers in the army. During … Continue reading

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1902 Largest Jewish businesses in shtetl Shklov

We are continuing series of posts about Shklov Jewish community 19th-beginning of 20th century. At that time, Shklov Jewish community was the most established out of all Jewish communities of Mogilev guberniya. Shopping center in Shklov beginning of 20th century, … Continue reading

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Shklov: Facts about Jewish religious life in Shklov from the late 1890s-early 1900s

By 1897, the Jewish population of Shklov was 5,122, or 78% of its total population. There were 11 registered synagogues and a yeshiva, a branch of the famous yeshiva in Slobodka. Former main synagogue of shtetl Shklov  Before 1906, Shklov’s chief … Continue reading

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