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

Mahilyow, Belarus - Linocut Mahilyow, Belarus - Woodcut

Mahilyow, Belorussian Mogilev [Russian], Molev [Yiddish], Mohylew [Polish]

The first record of Jews in Belarus is in the 14th century. At that time, Belarus was a region of the Commonwealth Poland-Lithuania, and was referred to as Belorussia. In spite of being under the protection of the Polish crown, the Jews of Mahilyow had many problems with their Russian neighbors and as a result there were many pogroms. In 1791, Belorussia was annexed by Russia and Jews were forced to live in the Pale of Settlement. Poverty overtook the area and many Jews were living in destitution. Even with wide-spread poverty, the Jewish population continued to increase. Belorussia's larger cities were occupied by a majority of Jews. Cities such as Minsk, Pinsk, Mogilev, Bobruisk, Vitebsk, and Gomel contained more than 50% Jews. By the late 1800s, the Jews in Belorussia were swept over simultaneously by the Bund and Zionist movements. In 1921, Mahilyow became part of the Soviet Union. Soviet rule ended much of the religious life of the Jews of Mahilyow. During World War II many Jews were able to escape into Russia and those who remained were killed by the Nazis.

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