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Tour "Belarus. Ways of Holocaust. Grodno - Pinsk"


Tour "Belarus. Ways of Holocaust. Grodno - Pinsk"
Itinerary: Grodno - Pinsk
Duration: 3 days

All 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 Wolkovysk you will visit a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. During 1941-1942 were killed 4000 of Jewish nationality in the town.

Rhugany is fatherland of Izhack Rabin, the prime minister of Israel. There is a communal grave of Jews and Soviet prisoner of war. There were killed 3000 - 4000 of Jewish nationality.

In Kossovo is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 1400 of Jewish nationality.

In Logishin is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 555 - 1605 of Jewish nationality.

In Posenichi is a Jewish Memorial to the Ghetto victims. There were killed 17 443 of Jewish nationality.

In Pinsk (300 km of Minsk) that celebrated its 900th anniversary in 1997, there are old Jewish residential areas. Visiting the city you will know that Chaim Weizman, scientist and Zionist leader, the first President (1948–1952) of Israel, was born in the neighbouring town of Motol and got his education in Pinsk, and Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister (1969–1974) used to live in this city.

Programme

Day 1

Arrival in Grodno
Transfer to the hotel with guide assistance
Check-in at the hotel in the centre of the city
Time at leisure
Dinner

Day 2

Breakfast

Wolkovysk
Rhugany
Kossovo
Logishin
Dinner
Posenichi
Pinsk
Arrival in Grodno
Supper

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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