Staryya Darohi

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Staryya Darohi

Belarusian:Старыя Дарогi
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Staryya Darohi is located in Belarus
Staryya Darohi
Staryya Darohi
Coordinates: 53°02′22″N 28°15′54″E / 53.03944°N 28.26500°E / 53.03944; 28.26500Coordinates: 53°02′22″N 28°15′54″E / 53.03944°N 28.26500°E / 53.03944; 28.26500
Country Belarus
RegionMinsk Region
RaionStaryya Darohi District
 • Total11,100
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Staryya Darohi Belarusian: Старыя Дарогi, romanizedStaryja Darohi, Russian: Старые Дороги, Lithuanian: Staryje Dorogos, Polish: Stare Drogi) is a town in Republic of Belarus, the capital of the Staryya Darohi District of Minsk Region. First documental record: 1524.


In 1939, there were more than 1000 Jews living there, making up 28% of the total population. There were 2 synagogues and several Jewish schools.

During World War II, in 1941, Jews were imprisoned in a closed ghetto by Germans, some Jews managed to escape before on their own or by train. There was a fenced and guarded ghetto on Kirov street where there was a Jewish school and several houses. A group of Jews was forced to swim into the river and shot by the Germans when they were in the water, but little is known about this massacre. On January 19, 1942, the Jews were murdered in a mass execution at a place known as Kacharka. They were massacred by an SS detachment, assisted by local police. Other categories of victims like prisoners of war were also shot at this location.[1]

Immediately after World War II, a displaced persons camp called the Red House was located outside the village. Primo Levi describes in his book The Truce during a short period when around 1,400 displaced persons from across Europe lived there with the Red Army.[2]

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  1. ^ "YAHAD - IN UNUM". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  2. ^ Patruno, Nicholas (1995). Primo Levi. University of South Carolina Press. pp. 47–50. ISBN 978-1-57003-026-0.