Skidzyel’ (Belarusian: Скідзель, also Скідаль, Skidal’; Polish: Skidel; Russian: Скидель) is a town in the Grodno Region of Belarus located 31 kilometers from Grodno.
Skidzyel is sometimes referred to as the former shtetl due to a high number of Jewish people living there before the Holocaust. In the course of the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland the village, located in Nowogródek Voivodeship of the Second Polish Republic, was the site of a pro-Soviet communist revolt against the Polish government leading to massacre of ethnic Poles by killing squads representing the delegalized Communist Party of Western Belarus armed with Soviet guns soon before the invasion. The events are sometimes referred to as the 'Skidal uprising'.
After World War II, the Grodno headquarters of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was located in Skidal until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Skidzyel
Church of sacred New martyrs and confessors of Belarus in Skidzyel
Coordinates: 53°35′10″N 24°15′07″E / 53.58611°N 24.25194°E