Kolodishchi before 1917


Since XVI century

- Kolodishchi was a private possession in the Great Lithuanian Princedom.

Since 1793

- Kolodishchi was in Russian Empire.


- Kolodishchi was a private possession in Minsk District of Minsk Province.


- the railway station of Brest-Moscow Railroad was constructed in Kolodishchi. Jewish population appeared.

Vital Statistics


Number of Jews

Number of Non-Jews


Specific gravity in total population number


Jewish population appeared



Total population

No info




Both sexes

9 %

Jewish Life

In the beg. XX century in Kolodishchi there were no praying houses or other Jewish objects.

Economical Review.

Traditional activities of local population were trade with timber, grain, cattle and vodka.

During Russian principality the authorities did a lot to develop the region because of military and fiscal reasons mostly. First of all, old communications were reconstructed there:

- post communications road Minsk - Borisov.

In XIX, because of development of the AllRussian Market, new types of communications appeared there:

- telegraph road (1870s);

- railway station [a station of Moscow - Brest railroad (1871)].

Those events effect seriously to development of the region, especially after Russia signed trade treaty with Germany — since 1895 that railroad became the main trade way after it. As a station Kolodishchi became interesting to Jewish businessmen.

In the end XIX - early XX century wood was the main cargo of Kolodishchi rail station. The station annual turnover was about 6 400 tons.

Here is the list of Kolodishchi major business and trade enterprises for 1902.

Name of owner

Type of business


Sutin Beylya daughter of Abram

Sawmill (30 employees)


Sutin Beylya daughter of Abram



General cultural information.

In the end XIX - early XX century in Kolodishchi there were nothing significant but telegraph station. The closest doctor, post office, telegraph station and synagogue were in Minsk (15 km).


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