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Jewish Communities of the Borisov District, Belarus

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This is an umbrella project, listing all of the sub-projects on Jews from towns in the Borisov uezd (county) of the Minsk District of Belarus. Our goal is to set up a project page for each of the communities, and include links to families from those communities on the particular project page. For a good example of what can be done, see [ TBD ].

Towns in the Borisov uezd (county) of the Minsk District of Belarus

  1. Amgarovka
  2. Barysaw Borisov
  3. Belaya
  4. Berezino
  5. Chernyany
  6. Dokshitsy
  7. Dzedzilovichi
  8. Es'mony
  9. Gaino
  10. Glinen
  11. Golubichi
  12. Golynka
  13. Gora
  14. Kholopenichi
  15. Khotaevichi
  16. Krasnoluki
  17. Lipsk
  18. Logoysk
  19. Loshitsy
  20. Okolovo
  21. Pleshchenitsy
  22. Sloboda
  23. Smolevichi
  24. Velyatich
  25. Velyatichi
  26. Zarech'e
  27. Zembin



Barysaw was founded (as Borisov) in 1102 by Polotsk prince Boris Vseslavovich.

  • In 1812 Napoleon's troops were defeated while crossing the Berezina river.
  • In 1871, the railroad between Brest and Moscow passed near Barysaw, and a railroad station was built there.
  • In 1900 the area around the station was annexed to Barysaw.
  • In November 1917 it became a part of the Soviet Union.

From 1918 to 1920 it was occupied by Germany and then Poland. After they were evicted, the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic was established.

During World War II, Barysaw was occupied by Nazi Germany from July 2, 1941, to July 1, 1944, and most of the city was destroyed. More than 33,000 people were killed in six death camps which were constructed around the town. Source