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Coat of Arms of Chavusy
Coat of arms
Chavusy is located in Belarus
Location in Belarus
Coordinates: 53°48′27″N 30°58′17″E / 53.80750°N 30.97139°E / 53.80750; 30.97139Coordinates: 53°48′27″N 30°58′17″E / 53.80750°N 30.97139°E / 53.80750; 30.97139
Country  Belarus
Voblast Mahilyow
Raion Chavusy Raion
Population (2009)
 • Total 10,692

Chaussy, Chavusy or Chausy (Belarusian: Чавусы; Russian: Чаусы; Łacinka: Čavusy) is a town in the eastern Belarusian voblast of Mahilyow. Chavusy serves as an administrative center of Chavusy Raion. As of 2009, its population was 10,692.[1]

It once was a substantial Jewish shtetl, which dated from the 17th century, as appears from a charter granted to the Jews January 11, 1667, by Michael Casimir Pacz, castellan of Vilna, and confirmed by King August III. March 9, 1739. In 1780, at the time of a visit of Catherine II, there was a Jewish population of 355, in 1,057; and the town possessed one synagogue. In 1803 the Jewish population was 453, in 1,185; in 1870 it was 2,433, in 4,167; and in 1897, 2,775, in about 6,000. Some of the Jewish artisans were employed in the tanneries and in silk and woolen factories. The Jewish population in the district of Chaussy (including the town) in 1897 was 7,444, or 8.42 per cent of the total population.


The parents of American actor Kirk Douglas were born here.


  1. ^ "Численность населения областей и районов: Могилевская" (in Russian). Национальный статистический комитет Республики Беларусь. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 

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