Belarus

Belarus court confirms guilty verdict for neo-Nazis who defaced Holocaust memorial

A higher court in Belarus has confirmed the verdict in the case of three young neo-Nazis from the city of Mogilev. In November 2016, the skinheads smeared black paint on a monument for Holocaust victims. Investigators worked on their case for three months. In February, they were convicted of hooliganism. Appeals in their case took another three months. But...

Jewish cultural museum to be set up in 17th century Belarusian synagogue

A museum of Jewish culture will be set up in the 17th-century synagogue in the Belarussian town of Slonim. The project to reconstruct the synagogue will be financed by the Slonim District Executive Committee and Association of Slonim Jews in Israel. Preliminary agreement on joint implementation of the project was reached in August last year when representatives of the...

Belarus Jews march in memory of Holocaust victims

The Menorah Jewish community in the Belarussian city of Hrodno has remembered the city’s Holocaust victims in a march through its streets. The event was attended by about a hundred people – mostly residents of Hrodno and representatives of the community. They were joined by Minsk Rabbi Grigory Abramovich, as well as Orthodox clergy and the Lutheran community. Initially,...

Belarusian town marks 75th anniversary of Nazi destruction of town’s ghetto

The Jewish community in Bobruisk, Belarus, commemorated 75 years since the extermination of the Bobruisk ghetto during the Holocaust in three days of memorial events this week. About 14,000 Bobruisk Jews were killed during those horrific days of the war, erasing forever the lively Jewish flare of the city. Over 2,000 community members and guests participated in the memorial...

Residents of Peres’ Belarus birthplace gather outside his childhood home

Residents of the Belarus birthplace of Shimon Peres gathered outside his childhood home to pay their respects to the most important international figure to emerge from their village. Villagers in Vishnyeva learned about the Israeli statesman’s death on Wednesday from Limmud FSU, a Jewish education organization that has remained in regular contact with the remote community since holding...