BAKSHTY, Belarus 

53° 48'N, 24° 41'E - now in Ashmiany District

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Alternate names: Baksty/Bakst/Baksht-Borishoka
The village was first mentioned in the chronicles of the Crusaders in fourteenth century. In 1387, the Grand Duke of the Lithuanian Principality, Yagailo, gave Bakshty and the volostj to the Catholic Church of St. Stanislav of Vilna. In 1440-1492, Bakshty belonged to Kezhgailo. From 1795 Bakshty was part of the Russian Empire and volostj center in Oshmyany pavet. In 1886, Bakshty had 83 houses, 918 people, two Orthodox churches, a synagogue, a tavern, and two pubs. 1912: Yeshi-bar Zachri Mendel Hacohen Katz (1856-?) was rabbi, son of a rabbi in Radin (but could be another town NE nearer to Minsk.)

In 1915, Germans occupied it. In 1921, Bakshty belonged to Oshmyanski pavet of Wilno voevodstvo of Poland. 1921, Bakshty was a weis (village) and gmina (rural administrative district roughly equal to a township) of Wolozyn uezd. In 1941, German troops occupied Bakshty. In 1944, the Red Army liberated it.

As of 1993, BAKSHTY was a village in Ivje region, situated on the river Berezina, forty kilometers from Ivje and twenty-five kilometers from the railway station at Yuratishki. The 1991 population was 3,055 with 1,455 houses. In 1991, Bakshty had a school, a House of Culture, a hospital, and a Monument to the Victims of Fascism (Nazis).

Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego: p. 85:
Bakszty, 1) gm. i ws., pow. Oszmianski, liczy 475 dymów., 3473 wlo c. ob. p?. Zarz?d gminy we wsi Baskzty. Gmina sk?ada si? z 3 okr?gow wiejskich: Bakszty, Grabowo, Dziewiergi liczy 52 wsi.
Bakszty, 1) rural administrative district and village, Oszmiany district, with 475 homesteads, 3,473 farmers/peasants, & inhabitants of both sexes. Management communes in the village of Bakshty. Rural administrative district composed of 3 rural districts: Bakszty, Grabowo, Dziewiergi -- 52 villages in all. [Translation thanks to Jan Sekta].

Sachenka, B.I. [editor], Encyclopedia of the History of Belarus. Minsk: 1993. Volume 1, p. 282.
Ksiega Adresowa Handlowa, Warszawa Bydgoszcz 1929

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