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Ruzhany

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Ruzhany is a small town located in Pruzhany Raion of Brest Region, Belarus.GeographyRuzhany is situated on the river Ruzhanka and surrounded by picturesque hills. It is 140 km away from Brest, 38 km from Ivatsevichy (where the nearest railway station is located), 45 km north-east from Pruzhany, on the crossing of the roads from Pruzhany to Slonim and from Vaukavysk to Kosava.HistoryThe earliest mentioning of Ruzhany dates back to 1552. Following the First World War the town was part of Poland until 1945. Almost the entire pre-war population of 3,500 Jews were killed in the Holocaust, mostly at Treblinka extermination camp.Notable residentsSome notable past residents of Ruzhany include: The Sapieha family, influential Polish-Lithuanian aristocrats, who built a palace at Ruzhany (see below). I. M. Pines, a famous writer and zionist. Yitzhak Shamir, former Prime Minister of Israel. Melech Epstein, A US Yiddish language journalist. Louis Leon Rybak
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