our story bank

Belarus is a country with a rich and extensive Jewish history, but to this day the signs of the vibrant community that once flourished remain obscured and are little spoken of.

Through the development of our Jewish cultural heritage trail we are aiming to map not only the many Jewish sights but also where Jewish community life can be found today. We recognise that history comes to life through our own human stories and so we are pleased to invite you to contribute your own personal family story to our story bank. We are also inviting any Jewish Belarusians living in Belarus to submit their stories as well.

Many people who once lived on the territory that is modern day Belarus, were forced to leave in search of a better life – escaping pogroms, rampant antisemitism, war and communism. These people continue to exist in our families, memoirs, photographs and across the globe. We welcome you to help us build a richer, deeper and more informed history of Jewish Belarus by sharing your personal stories. Fill in the form below to enter a story into our story bank.

  • your personal details

  • including international dialling code
  • your family story

  • e.g. grandson etc.
  • Please include any information you may have about their birth, life and death.
  • e.g. 1920s or 1945-1970 - As much detail as you have.
  • Please tell us anything you know about the family member you have mentioned above. Here are a few ideas of what to include:
    • Any memories of those times and what life was like then.
    • When they left, why and how they left and who with.
    • Information about their trade or profession, how they lived and were educated.
    • What hardships they faced, where they went and how they got there and what they went on to achieve.
    • Any recipes that travelled with them.
  • If you have any information about any family artefacts which travelled with them and may remain in the family today, please tell us more here and upload any images below.
  • If you have any accompanying photographs or documents, please give the details here and then upload them below.
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