Category: Shtetls, Belarus

Categories: Belarus | Judaism | Russian History

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In the late 1800's and 1900s there was widespread emigration of Jewish people from Eastern and Central Europe. As their descendants now trace their family history, they may find indications of the village or town their ancestor came from. Very often, the ancestor came from a shtetl, a separated Jewish community in a village or small town, or a ghetto, a separated Jewish community in a city.

Create a category for that shtetl or ghetto, if it doesn't already exist, and place it on the profile, and then place this category name on that category, nesting it here.


During the Holocaust, most of these communities were destroyed and the Jews who lived there at the time were murdered. These were the cousins of those who had been able to emigrate, and remembering these locations is a memorial to those who lived there.


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