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The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941$
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Azriel Shohet, Mark Jay Mirsky, and Moshe Rosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804741583

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804741583.001.0001

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Between Two World Wars

Between Two World Wars

(p.459) Ten Between Two World Wars
The Jews of Pinsk, 1881 to 1941
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World War I brought profound changes to the demography of Pinsk, Belarus. Many Jews who had been expelled from the city did not return, the mortality rate increased, and the population decreased as a result of the hunger that prevailed during the German occupation. However, it was the policy of the Polish central authority that accounted for the major changes in Pinsk's demographics, particularly the resettlement of Poles in the city. Jewish immigrants from Galicia were coming to Pinsk. Emigration from Pinsk outpaced the rate of natural increase despite the obstacles of entry to the United States and aliyah to Israel. This chapter focuses on the situation of Pinsk and its Jewish community in the years between World Wars I and II. It examines the city's demography, economy, politics, public affairs, religion, Zionism, communism, education, and culture.

Keywords:   Pinsk, Jewish community, Belarus, demography, population, immigrants, emigration, politics, religion, Zionism

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