Shtetl Vitebsk

[ An excellent on-line exhibit, Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia, has one explicit reference to Vitebsk, reproduced here: Torah scrolls piled up for destruction in the Vitebsk synagogue, one of the estimated 650 synagogues that were closed in the 1920s. Also in Vitebsk, a show trial was held against the kheder, the traditional Jewish school, resulting in its immediate closure.

Selected images from old postcards of Vitebsk

Links and images from modern-day Vitebsk