Leonid Smilovitsky

Leonid Smilovitsky is the Fellow of the Yoran-Sznycer Research Foundation in Jewish History and Researcher at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center inTel Aviv University, Israel. He is also the author of numerous books on the history of Belarus Jewry.

Publications by Leonid Smilovitsky

The Jewish Farmers in Belarus During the 1920s

Revolution and civil war in Russia (1917-1921) precipitated far reaching changes in the life of Belarus Jewry. The shtetls (settlements) were extremely overpopulated and Jews eventually sought and found an escape. In 1923,18 percent of Soviet Jewry lived in Belarus. This essay describes the attitude of the authorities to the problem of Jewish land tenure regulation in the New Economic Policy, creation of individual farms, cooperatives and collective farms, and attitudes to that of the Belarussian peasantry Read More »