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Itinerary: Grodno - Minsk Duration: 3 daysAll over Belarus there are places commemorating the tragic events in the life of the Jews during World War II Holocaust. Visiting small towns one can still see traditional Jewish residential areas and the building of Synagogues. In 1939 there lived 375,000 Jews in Belarus (according to the general census of the population). The total number of Jews living on the territory of Belarus before World War II was 990,000. During World War II there were 163 ghettos on the territory of 153 populated areas of Belarus. The largest ghettos were: more than 100,000 in Minsk, the second place after Lvov ghetto (136,000); more than 34,000 - in Brest (2 ghettos), more than 25,000 in Grodno (2 ghettos), more than 30,000 - in Slonim, more than 25,000 - in Novogrudok (2 ghettos), more than 20,000 in Bobruysk (2 ghettos), more than 20,000 in Vitebsk, more than 10,000 in Volkovysk, more than 15,000 in Baranovichi.More than 15,000 Jews participated in guerrilla and antifascist movements during World War II and 721 guerrillas of Jewish nationality were killed. The first after-war census of the population took place in Belarus in 1959 and the numbers of Jews was 150,000. In April 1991 the Belarusian Union of Jewish Organizations and Communities comprising 140 members was registered. In 1992 the diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Republic of Belarus were established. In September 1993 there were 98.5 thousands of Jews living in Belarus. Today the Jews in Belarus are not many – about 30,000.Vitebsk, Pinsk, Grodno, Slonim, Minsk, Brest, Polotsk, Volozhin, Bobruysk as well as many other places could be most attractive for Jewish heritage tours.In Skidel is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 2330 of Jewish nationality on 05-02 1943.In Shzhychin is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 2180 of Jewish nationality.In Ostrino is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed on 05-02-1943 1969 of Jewish nationality on 05-02-1943.In Zheludok on 9.05 1942 there were killed 2000 of Jewish nationality.Novogrudok is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. In Baranovichi is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 3000 of Jewish nationalityIn Mir (130 km of Minsk) visitors can see the 16th century castle. From 1617 to 1939, a famous Yeshiva was situated in Mir. The sightseeing itinerary includes a complex of cold and heated Synagogues, a Jewish bank, Jewish shops and dwelling houses. During WW II, a Jewish Ghetto was situated within the territory of Mir castle.Turez is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 463 ProgrammeDay 1Arrival in GrodnoTransfer to the hotel with guide assistanceCheck-in at the hotel in the centre of the cityTime at leisureDinnerDay 2BreakfestSkidel Shzhychin Ostrino Zheludok NovogrudokBaranovichi DinnerMirLida Turez Arrival in GrodnoSupper Cost according to demands.The cost included: entrance visa, full board and lodging, a guide, transfer, passage service, bus and excursion service, entrance tickets to the museums.The company leaves the right to make some alterations in the program without decreasing whole volume and quality of services.
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