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Pružany Palace
Pružany Palace
Flag of Pružany
Coat of arms of Pružany
Coat of arms
Pružany is located in Belarus
Coordinates: 52°33′24″N 24°27′52″E / 52.55667°N 24.46444°E / 52.55667; 24.46444
Country Belarus
RegionBrest Region
DistrictPružany District
 • Total18,500
Time zoneUTC+3 (FET[2])
Postal code
Area code(s)+375 1632
License plate1

Pružany (Belarusian: Пружа́ны, [pruˈʐanɨ]; Russian: Пружаны, Polish: Prużana, Yiddish: פרוזשענעPruzhene) is a town in Brest Voblast, Belarus. Pružany is the center of a district in Brest Region, Belarus. Its population is about 18,500 people.[3] The town is located at the confluence of the Mukha River and the Vets Canal, which give the start to Mukhavets River.


The war memorial to commemorate the villages of the Pružany District burnt to ashes by Nazis in the last war

Pružany has been known as Dabuchyn since 1487. In the 16th century, it belonged to queen Bona Sforza of Poland. She brought Renaissance influence and development of trades in this part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1589, her daughter Anna granted a town charter and the coat of arms of Pružany (a blue snake swallowing a baby on a silver shield). The coat of arms was borrowed from that of the Sforza family of Milan. Pružany was a center of pottery trade at those times. In the mid-19th century, a wealthy Polish landlord, Walenty Szwykowski, laid out a park and built a pretentious palace that houses a museum today, after a restoration. The museum has a rich collection on the history and arts of the region. Another tourist attraction is the landmark at the confluence of the Mukha River and the Vets Canal. It presents a statue of a passionate pair rising over waves. The Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was consecrated in 1884.

One of the tourist attractions in today's Pruzhany is the landmark at the confluence of the Mukha River and the Vets Canal

The Jewish population in 1900 was 5,080.[4] During World War II, Pružany was occupied by the Germans from 26 June 1941 to 17 July 1944. In 1941, the Nazis herded the Jews of Białystok and the vicinity here to create a ghetto.[5] In Aktion roundups on 28-31 January 1943, the Nazis deported 10,000 Jews of the Pružany ghetto to Auschwitz, via Birkenau, where the men, women and children were murdered.[6][7][8][9]

In 2003, the central part of the town was reconstructed to prepare the town for the national harvest festival “Dažynki” in autumn 2003.

Pružany is the birthplace of Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the Torah scholar and Jewish leader.

See also


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  2. ^ "Eternal Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Belarus". 19 September 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
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  4. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of the Ghettos during the Holocaust, ed. Guy Miro, vol. II, p. 615. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem (2009)
  6. ^ Holocaust Encyclopedia (accessed 21 September 07) Archived 2007-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The Holocaust Chronicle (accessed 21 September 07)
  8. ^ Dr. Philip Riteman biography, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada (accessed 21 September 07)
  9. ^ Women of Valor: Partisans and Resistance Fighters (accessed 21 September 07) Archived 2006-08-23 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 52°33′24″N 24°27′52″E / 52.55667°N 24.46444°E / 52.55667; 24.46444