On August 30, 1942 some 1,100 Jews from the town were killed by the SS, the remaining Jews were taken to the Ghetto in the nearby town of Valozhyn. A Jewish cemetery remains in the town. The survivors have emigrated.
The city was the birthplace of Shimon Peres, the president of Israel (emigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine with his family in 1934), and Nahum Goldman, founder and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress. The city was the place of death Symon Budny.
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