By Franklin J. Swartz,
East European Jewish Heritage Project
The town to which you refer may be Litva, about 10 miles west of Minsk. Belarus (as defined by present day borders) has been marked by history of peaceful religious coexistence for many years.
There were no pogroms near Minsk in the early part of the last century. There were attacks in, I believe 1910 in Gomel, near the Russian border, by Cossacks but local Jews retaliated by attacking Cossack villages.
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