“Zabrzezie, Zabrzeź” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume VIII
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Zabrzezie, Zabrzeź

Translated by Jerrold Landau


District of Wołożyn, Region of Nowogródek

Year General
1895   40
1921 306 97

It is a small settlement on the Bondorewka River. It was in the district of Oszmiana, and later in the district of Wołożyn, Region of Nowogródek. Its residents were Byelorussians, Lithuanians, Poles, and Jews. During the second half of the 19th century, Zabrzezie lost the rights of a city that it had previously. Therefore, Jews were forbidden from living there in accordance with the laws of May 1882. Nevertheless, several tens of Jews lived there in 1895, and the ban on their living in villages was repealed in 1903. In 1921, the Jews made up about 30% of the residents of Zabrzezie. Very little is known to us of their origins and ways of life. The small community did not maintain a rabbi. During the 20th century, Reb Shmuel David Lewin, the son-in-law of the wealthy Avraham Moshe Binyaminowicz, acted in the role of rabbi.

At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the Red Army entered Zabrzezie. The Soviets ruled it for close to two years. The region of Nowogródek was conquered by the Germans at the end of 1941. The Germans and their local assistants persecuted the Jews, confiscated and pillaged their property, and imposed very decrees upon them, as were enacted in other places in the district. At the end of 1941, the Jews of Zabrzezie were transferred to the Szarkowszczyzna Ghetto (see entry) and shared the same fate as the local Jews. On July 17, 1942, most of the residents of the Szarkowszczyzna Ghetto, approximately 1,200 individuals, were murdered, including the Jews of Zabrzezie. A few succeeded in escaping, and it is possible that some Jews of Zabrzezie were among them. (For more information, see the Szarkowszczyzna entry.)



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