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Minsk, Minsk uyezd, Minsk gubernia

Latitude: 5354' Longitude: 2734'


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Links for the shtetl of Minsk

Click here for a Belarus Travelogue, by David Gordon
Click here for a List of tavern, etc. owners in Minsk and their taxation (in Rubles per year) - 1880 Minsk Gubernia Vedomosti #1, by Larissa Charny
Click here for A VISIT TO BELARUS - THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETE
Click here for an article from The Jewish Encyclopedia
Click here for an Article on Minsk from the Jewish Encyclopedia, 1904. Contributed by David Fox.
Click here for Belarus in September, a ShtetlShleppers Trip to Minsk (23. September - 1. October 1999), by Risa Heywood
Click here for Divorces in Minsk in 1912, registered by Rabbi Khanelis (Khaneles), Extracted and translated by Albert Kaganovich
Click here for Minsk 1938 - Jewish Marriage Records, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for Minsk School Records 1900-1917, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for Pictures of the memorial to Jews killed in WWII. These photographs were taken by Susan Hantman and have been provided courtesy of the of the Hantman family.
Click here for Pre-1920 Postcards of Minsk, Contributed by Gayle Riley
Click here for REACQUAINTANCE - A journey to Senno, Belarus
Click here for the 1894 - Family List of Jewish Town Dwellers of Minsk. Courtesy of Vladislav Soshnikov, reproduced from the 'Ragas Report'.
Click here for the 1930's Minsk Chronicle Publication Committee (Minsker Pincos), contributed by Jerry Seligsohn
Click here for The Jews of Belarus: Information about the current Jewish community
Click here for the Minsk Ghetto

Links for the uyezd of Minsk

Click here for a 1893 call-up notice for Jews in the Minsk district, by A.L. Bell
Click here for Divorces in Minsk in 1912
Click here for Marriages in Minsk in 1912
Click here for Minsk uyezd surnames, by Vitaly Charny. A list of over 1400 surnames, and the Minsk uyezd town where each surname has been mentioned.
Click here for the 1906 Minsk uyezd duma list
Click here for the Minsk Surnames Database: Index of Surnames appearing in the Jewish Vital Records of the city of Minsk, microfilmed by the Mormons (LDS) - compiled by Vitaly Charny

Links for the gubernia of Minsk

Click here for a February 1860 Minsk Guberniya Fines List
Click here for a July 1853 list from the Minsk Gubernya - by A.L. Bell
Click here for a June 1893 debtors list from the Minsk Gubernya, by A.L. Bell
Click here for a list of over 5500 surnames that have appeared in various 1900-1914 records, by Vitaly Charny.
Click here for a list of vital records microfilmed and cataloged by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, by Nancy Holden
Click here for an August 1876 Minsk Gubernya Draft Notice, by A.L. Bell
Click here for Guberniya District Maps from the 1899 edition of Vsia Rossiia, by Michael Steinore. Link for Minsk Gubernia is at the bottom of this page.
Click here for June 28, 1880 list of Minsk draft evaders
Click here for Mestechki of Minsk Gubernia which displays all (113) towns with the administrative designation mestechko from an original list of over 14,000 settlements in Minsk Gubernia, by Michael Steinore
Click here for Minsk District Historic/Economic Summaries, provided by the Minsk Historical Genealogical Group
Click here for Minsk gubernia page of the Belarus SIG. Includes a list of all the known shtetls for this gubernia.
Click here for Minsk Religious Personnel 1836-1838, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for Minsk Revision List - 1811, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for Occupations of Minsk Guberniya Jewish Population, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for Poor population among towns in Minsk Guberniya - 1905, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for records for the Grodno and Minsk gubernia that are in the Brest State Archive
Click here for some 1860 Minsk Vedomosti Foreign Travel Notices, by A.L. Bell. Here are some samples of 'Departing for the Border' (foreign travel) notices.
Click here for the 1903 and 1911 Vsia Rossiia - Minsk Gubernia - data compiled by members of the Belarus SIG
Click here for the 1931 Minsk Landsmanshaften organization, by Jerry Seligsohn
Click here for the Department of the National Belarus Library in Minsk
Click here for the 'Hebrew' Korobochniks in the Minsk Gubernya in the Late 1839s - businessmen who had successfully bid for the right to collect the 'Box tax', or taxes on the sale of kosher meat , by A.L. Bell
Click here for the 'Hebrew' Leaseholders in the Minsk Gubernya in the Late 1839s, by A.L. Bell
Click here for the Inventory of certain files (mainly Slutsk and Novogrudok uyezds) in the National Historical Archives of Belarus (NHAB) in Minsk
Click here for the Jewish agricultural colonies in Western Russia, prior to 1904, by Lou Goldman
Click here for the Jewish Population for Towns in Minsk Guberniya - 1897-1898, by Vitaly Charny
Click here for the Minsk Ghetto: An Issue of Jewish Resistance, by Leonid Smilovitsky
Click here for the Minsk gubernia administrative divisions, by Vitaly Charny. Required reading for anyone doing research in this area.
Click here for the Minsk History, From 'Minsk: a Historical Guide' by Guy Picarda
Click here for the Minsk Voter List FAQ, Minsk Gubernia Duma Lists to be translated by the Belarus SIG
Click here for Volosts and most important settlements of the Empire, 1884, provided by Vitaly Charny

A photo post card , Preobragenskaia street in Minsk, 1907, capital of Belorussia. In 1897 there were 48000 Jews, about 53% of total population. In 1939 the Jewish population was estimated to be 90000, they were later imprisoned in a Ghetto, altogether about 10000 Jews escaped the Ghetto. (donated by David Fox)
Beginning of the XX century. Shkol'naya street. One can see building with the dome. This is 'Cold' Synagogue. This building was built in the beginning of XVII century, possibly as part of the Petropavlov monastery. In XIX century this building belonged to Jewish community. After the revolution this was the only synagogue in Minsk. Approximately in 1960 - 1970 was closed and destroyed. Building currently does not exist. (pre-1917 photo not subject to copyright provided by Vladimir Golynskiy)
Main (Choral) Synagogue. Picture taken in the beginning of XX century. It was built at the end of XIX century. In the 1923 was re-equipped and became a workers club. In 1926, a movie-theatre Kul'tura(Culture) was opened in this building. During Great Patriotic War (WWII) 1941-1944, the building was burned. After the war it was restored and partially rebuilt. Now, this is the building of the Russian Drama Theatre named after M.Gor'kiy (famous Russian writer). Current address - Volodarskiy street, 5. (pre-1917 photo not subject to copyright provided by Vladimir Golynskiy)

The Choral Synagogue was used as a Theatre between 1930-1948. The Jewish Theatre was closed there after the war, after Stalin started persecution of Jews who was involved in activities of International Anti-Fascist Committee. The famous Jewish actor Solomon Mikhoels came to visit Minsk, to see performance in this Theatre. One version of his death says that he was killed by a truck when he was leaving this building. There are other versions how he was killed by KGB. He was the member of this committee. His death was a signal for Stalin's regime to start first wave (after the war) of repressions against Jews. A lot of Jewish theatres, newspapers, organizations were closed through out the country. The theatre in Minsk was one of them. It was closed as Jewish and became Russian, with practically the same actors playing there. (provided by Vladimir Golynskiy)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk choral synagogue. Today it is a Russian drama theater. (undated by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk house with a mezuza. It is a private shop, driving school, and a dwelling house. (7/18/97 by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk house with a mezuza. It is a private shop, driving school, and a dwelling house. (7/18/97 by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk house with a mezuza. It is a private shop, driving school, and a dwelling house. (7/18/97 by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk house with a mezuza. It is a private shop, driving school, and a dwelling house. (7/18/97 by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk synagogue. (from the Union of Religious Jewish Congregations of the Republic of Belarus 5763 calendar, contributed by Yuri Dorn (iro@open.by))
Minsk synagogue. Today it is a sports club. (7/18/97 by Vitaly Pruss of the Belarus Jewish community)
Minsk synagogue. Today it is the Palace of Nature. (10/27/97)
Platform of the Vilensk Railroad station in Minsk in 1907. Minsk at this time had two railroad stations: station of railroad Libava-Romny, so called Vilensk station, and station of railroad Moscow-Brest. Vilensk station was a brick building, while second station had a wooden building. (pre-1917 photo not subject to copyright provided by Vladimir Golynskiy)


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