Yel’sk, Belarus

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Yel’sk

Ельск
Official seal of Yel’sk
Seal
Yel’sk is located in Belarus
Yel’sk
Yel’sk
Coordinates: 51°49′N 29°09′E / 51.817°N 29.150°E / 51.817; 29.150
Country Belarus
RegionGomel Region
DistrictYel’sk District
Population
 (2006)
 • Total9,175
Time zoneUTC+3 (FET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (not observed)

Yel’sk (Belarusian: Ельск, Russian: Ельск Yelsk, Polish: Jelsk, Lithuanian: Jelskas) is a town in Gomel Region, Belarus. Yel'sk was hugely affected by radioactive fallout from Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

History[edit]

The city was occupied by German troops during summer 1941. The local Jews of Yelsk were gathered and deported towards Kalinkovichi and Mozyr. Approximately two weeks after the departure of the Jews of Yelsk, the Jews of the nearby Jewish village of Skorodnoye were brought in and locked inside a building. Then, the Germans set fire to the building all the Jews were burned alive[1].

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Coordinates: 51°49′N 29°09′E / 51.817°N 29.150°E / 51.817; 29.150