Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Byeshankovichy, Belarus - Original Linocut

Beshenkovichi [Rus], Bishenkovitz [Yid], Bieszankowicze [Pol]

Byeshankovichy was a small village in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1630, the village was purchased by Kazimierz Leon Sapieha. It underwent rapid expansion and was granted the rights to hold fairs in 1634. The nobleman encouraged Jewish traders to settle in his town. At that time, new stone houses were built and trade fairs were held semi-annually, frequented by 4,000 to 5,000 visitors from Belarus, Russia and abroad. After the first partition of Poland in 1772, control of the village was passed to the Russian Empire. Byeshankovichy was then a largely Jewish settlement, numbering 3,182 Jewish citizens in 1900. The town's population was four fifths Jewish. The town had a wooden synagogue, many houses of prayer, three benevolent societies, and numerous religious schools. During World War II, Byeshankovichy fell under German control. The entire Jewish population was destroyed. This lino cut is based on a woodcut by Solomon Yudovin.

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