Svislach

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Svislach
Свіслач
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Official seal of Svislach
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Svislach is located in Belarus
Svislach
Svislach
Coordinates: 53°02′N 24°06′E / 53.033°N 24.100°E / 53.033; 24.100
Country  Belarus
Region Grodno Region
Raion Svislach district
Mentioned 1256
Area
 • Total 4,28 km2 (165 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 6,886
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 231960-231969
Area code(s) +375 1513
License plate 4

Svislach (Belarusian: Свiслач, pronounced [ˈɕvislatʃ]; Russian: Свислочь, Svisloch, Polish: Świsłocz, Yiddish: סיסלעוויטש‎, Lithuanian: Svisločius) is a town in the South-West of Grodno Region, Belarus, an administrative center of the Svislach district.

It is connected with Vaŭkavysk by a railroad branch and with Hrodna by a highway. International phone number prefix: 375-15-13.

History[edit]

In 1927, Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Mishkinsky, whose wife Chaya was the granddaughter of Rabbi Naftali Hertz Halperin of Bialystock, was appointed the rabbi of Svislach.[citation needed] He led the community until the Nazis entered in November 1942 murdering the entire Jewish community. Prior to the war, Rabbi Mishkinsky sent his sons Yitzchak (he) and Moshe (he) to Israel (Palestine). Rabbi Mishkinsky's great-granddaughter, Batya Friedman, serves as rebbetzin of Beth Israel Synagogue (Edmonton), Canada. His great-grandson is Rabbi Yochanan Ivry of Congregation Toras Emes of Staten Island, New York.

In 1939, there were around 3,000 Jews living in Svisloch, along with refugees from western Poland who had settled there after the invasion of Poland. In July 1941, a ghetto was established in the old Jewish neighborhood, in the northwest of Svisloch. In that area, Jews were also gathered from the village of Golobudy. It was an open ghetto, and the western border of the ghetto’s territory ran near the Svisloch River. On November 2, 1942, the ghetto was liquidated when the Jews were sent by train to the Vawkavysk transit camp where many massacres occurred. The remaining Jews, mostly elderly and sick, were killed in the Visnik Forest, just outside Svisloch.[1]

Residents[edit]

Notable residents include:

Raion Administration Building

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://yahadmap.org/#village/svisloch-grodno-belarus.471
  2. ^ Smith, Cameron (1989). Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Toronto: Summerhill Press. pp. 9–19, 93. ISBN 0-929091-04-3. 

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