Belarus / Ukrainian-Russian Border

Mogilev

Old Synagogue of Mogilev

Пожарный переулок, Mogilev, Mogilev Region, Biélorussie

Mogilev, on the Dnieper, was for many years a Jewish majority (21539 Jews in 1897, or 50% of the population). As elsewhere, the ghetto was annihilated during the occupation. Traces of the former Jeish quarter are easily spotted in the center of the old town.

Turn right on Karl Liebknecht Street to find, at number 21, the building that housed the former synagogue, transformed today into a fitness center. If you walk around it to the adjoining building and pass under the porch, you will enter a Jewish-style courtyard facing 27 Lenin Street. The entire residential block is remarkable.