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This site is created as a way to further research and publication of materials on the history of Lyakhovichi.If you have been aided in your research and wish to contribute materials and resources to further our knowledge, contact Gary Palgon and ask how you can help.

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Records of Lechovichers in Eastern European Cities 1793-2008

This is a page in our Documents section. Click the button labeled "Documents" in the left-hand column to reach all of the other resources of the Document area.
This is also page in our Photos section. Click the button labeled "Photos" in the left-hand column to reach all of its additional resources.

To view other pages in our Lechovicher Settlement Pages you can click on Links to Lechovicher Settlement pages which can also be found by following the path from the "Documents" button in the left hand column

Lechovichers in Baranovichi, Nesvizh, and Kletsk

This page is one of a series on Lechovicher settlement in “Russian communities” between 1793 and 1920, in the modern nation of Poland 1921-1939, in the Belarussian Soviet between 1939 and the 1990s, and finally in the independent nation of Belarus until today.

It is not a history of the Jewish communities of the towns on our list – taking on the documentation of cities like Minsk, Slutsk, Warsaw, Vilna, Brest-Litovsk, or even the smaller district towns of Baranovichi, Slonim, or Nesvizh, is far beyond the scope of a website concentrating on the historical impact of a single town.

It is, at its current stage, a search for information, that can be put to the service of historical research. We need your help to make this part of the website more valuable. We intend to publish information about records created in every jurisdiction of this community (municipal, district, provincial, national, Jewish community, ecclesiastical records of non-Jews, charitable, newspaper, et al) that might mention the Lechovicher origins of residents in the community. We will only publish the records themselves when they clearly indicate that they are speaking of residents that come from Lyakhovichi.

Additionally since our first indication of Lechovicher residents in a city other than their birth, is often an old mailing address or a listing in a city directory, or a property record, we post on these pages some of the street images of these communities. Group pictures that are included may contain many local people with no Lyakhovichi connection, but all of the ones included here are known to contain Lechovichers.

Lechovichers in Baranovichi

We have a number of sources on Lechovichers in Baranovichi. The emigration records of Lechovichers who give their last residence as Baranovichi or who cite a relative at a Baranovichi address. The presence in the Business Directories of Nowogrodek province of the Polish Republic 1921-1939 for Baranovichi residents carrying Lyakhovichi surnames. The mailing addresses in the books of the Steamship Ticket Agencies (see the books in the Philadelphia Jewish Archives) that cite a Baranovichi delivery address for the tickets. Holocaust Pages of Testimony and four separate Baranovichi Yiskor Books are also our sources. There are three thousand cemetery stones that are supposedly still extant in Baranovichi, a treasure trove of Lyakhovichi information yet to be explored. Information gathered by individual researchers who document their families. This page has a great deal of room to grow, to be expanded to the point that we need to move other towns onto other pages of our site and give "Lechovichers of Baranovichi" a page to itself. Can you help?

For group photos see the caption index at Photo Index which will soon cite the known Lechovichers and other recognized parties including Baranovichers with no known Lyakhovichi connection. All group photos on this page have some Lechovichers present

Baranovichi Addresses

1910 in Baranovichi

artist Dichart's etching "Jewish quarter in Baranovichi" 1915

German artist sketch of "Bismark Street, Baranovichi" 1916

Marinskaya St, Baranovichi, postcard 1910

Marinskaya St, Baranovichi, the original for the postcard just shown, more buildings, longer shot, made to look like a drawing

The Old Cemetery Rd (Kladbischenskaya)
later Mitzkovich Street and a street in Lager Baranovichi

The old Apollo Theatre on Postavaskaya

Baranovichi primary school before WWI

Szeptycki (Szeptyego) Street 1925
intersection w Marinskaya, in front of Magistrate's (source YB)

"Baranovichi Fire Brigade Bldg of 1906"??
photo c.1920s
but the log building in 1912 with known Baranovichers and Lechovichers is more typical of period

Baranovichi Fire Brigade 1912

Kvutza Baranovichi (1)

Kvutza Baranovichi Orchestra

"Kehilla of White Russia"
Minsk 1920

Baranovichi Jewish Committee WWI

halutzim at Zionist School 1921

Baranovichi Folk Shul 1922

Signatures 1926 Tarbut School Students and Teachers

The Baranovichi ZAGS office
Holder of Baranovichi Vital Records for last 75 years
including of those that were born in Lyakhovichi if were married, had children, or died, in Baranovichi

Baranovichi Records of Lechovichers

 Lechovichers who were in Baranovichi before and during WWII

Last Residence Baranovichi, Born in Lyakhovichi,
in Immigration Records
currently not a separate list - see migration records on this website

Born in Baranovichi, Parents from Lyakhovichi - multiple sources

Born in Lyakhovichi, Buried in Baranovichi Cemetery
hoping to get photos of masevot in Baranovichi cemetery


Lechovichers in Nesvizh (Nieswicz) and Kletsk

The Jewish community of Nesvizh was based both in the city itself and in the district that shared its name. The largest Jewish community of the district was in Nesvizh and the second largest was in Kletsk. The interactions between Nesvizh and Lyakhovichi are clear in many time periods, though documentation that can be followed for groups rather than individuals is often lacking.(We know that the Yehiel Rabinowitz family of Lyakhovichi went to Nesvizh in the mid 19th century, but we don't know if he was part of a larger migration. We know that Todres Kirshner of Lyakhovichi found his bride in Nesvizh at the end of the nineteenth century, but we don't know what other Lechovichers married into the community in this time period.) But the Kletsk-Lyakhovichi movement back and forth was almost constant. There are few surnames that appear in Kletsk that do not appear in Lyakhovichi and there are many names that appear in both of those towns that appeared no where else in the cities and towns of today's Belarus. Nesvizh shared surnames with both of those places - more than a hundred and eight-five in the immigration records at Ellis Island. Henry Neugass, the webmaster for the Kletsk shtetl site offered brainstorming, good suggestions, and a district-wide approach to the resources that we will encounter as we continue this search, it has been a great help! What can you tell us about your Lechovicher relatives in Kletsk and Nesvizh? We will build more tools for our shared research with your assistance.

For group photos see the caption index at Photo Index which will cite the known Lechovichers and other recognized parties including Nesvizhers with no known Lyakhovichi connection. All group photos on this page have some Lechovichers present

Nesvizh Addresses

all of these group photos include Lechovichers; all photos are from NYPL digitized version of the Yiskor book of Nieswiecz as is the 1928 synagogue photo that was marketed as a postcard. The group photo types are typically social groups, political groups, schools, and "salutes to olim" photos of those emigrating to Eretz Israel a common type of Poland in the 1920s. There are several Nesvizher photos on our page titled Biographies

Nesvizh shulhof

courtyard with Grois Bais Midrash, well and clock, and a second synagogue

Nesvizh archives

Radziwill castle archives contains info from the Radziwill ownership of the town including residence of Jews from the 1500s to the end of Czarist rule.

Nesvizher Records of Lechovichers

Born in Lyakhovichi, Died in Nesvizh during the Holocaust (and vice versa) Coming in Days after Thanksgiving

Lechovicher Surnames in common with Nezvizhers

in Immigration Records
Would you search these records for birthplaces and Lyakhovichi connections?

Born in Nesvizh, Parents from Lyakhovichi - multiple sources Coming Soon.

Born in Lyakhovichi, Named in records of Nesvizh Chevra Kadisha -
Future Report


Kletsk Photos and People

all of these group photos include Lechovichers; all photos are from NYPL digitized version of the Yiskor book of Kletsk. The group photo types are typically social groups, political groups, school, and "salutes to olim" photos of those emigrating to Eretz Israel a common type of Poland in the 1920s.

Amateur Theater 1919

Most of front row had Lyakhovichi connections: l to r: Abraham Garfinkel was married to a Lechovicher; Matil Tukachinsky's family came from Lyakhovichi by WWI, Kusia Feder, Hana Gelfand, and Itka Feder, had names shared by Lyakhovichi families though relationships not established. .

Salute to Olah Baruch Cohen.

This Kletsk photo includes at least one Lechovicher, Aron Gavza (bottom row left) and all of the others have Lechovicher surnames shared with Kletsk:Feivel Solar, Yonah Gershovitz. Middle- Shmuel Yudelvitz, Baruch Cohen (in center as typical), Meir Lis. Top Isaiah Feder, Efrem Cohen, Sholem Sapozhnik.

Salute to Hayuta Busel and Sarah Galadi.

Hayuta was from Lyakhovichi and so were many of her friends in Kletsk but it does not seem that there were Kletsker and Lechovicher divisions among the halutzim here. Photo caption will be posted on the Photo Index.

Kletzkermark - the marketsquare in Kletsk

Kletsk kept its rural character well into the Polish period, this photo is purportedly from the 1920s. But the market area is large and the number of stalls and vendors is noteworthy.

Kletsk shulhof (synagogue plaza) with "cold shul" on right and tailor's shul on left. That picture is taken from the back of the court. See front of Kalte Shul and Tailor's shul

Kletsker Records of Lechovichers

Born in Lyakhovichi, Died in Kletsk during the Holocaust (and vice versa) New this update!

Immigration Records of Kletskers with Lechovicher Surnames Coming soonWould you search these records for birthplaces and Lyakhovichi connections? And share your findings with us

Born in Kletsk, Parents from Lyakhovichi - multiple sources Coming Soon

What Kletsk documentary search can you suggest?

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Etka Kirzner's ticket to US
Etka Kirzner was the daughter of Todros Zalman Kirzner of Lyakhovichi. Her father's naturalization record and US passport showed his birth as Lyakhovichi as did the immigration records of all of his siblings and parents. But that same naturalization record showed that he had married and had a family in Nesvizh, and it was from there that Etka left to join her father in the US.

Maurice Feder's US Passport
was the son of Joseph Khvediuk of Lyakhovichi. His passport shows his own birth was in the community of Kletsk. But the Khvediuk/Feder family had a solid footing in both towns, immigration records show the Kletsk Feders arriving in the US first in the early 1890s, the Lyakhovichi Feders followed them to Northern New Jersey. Perhaps leaving Lyakhovichi for Kletsk made it easier to be the first ones to move on to a better opportunity in the New World, too!