Velizh


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Velizh

 

a city, administrative center of Velizh Raion, Smolensk Oblast, RSFSR. A landing stage on the Zapadnaia Dvina, 70 km north of Rudnia railroad station on the Vitebsk-Smolensk line. Population, 9,000 (1968). The city’s industry includes a furniture factory, a logging and timber distribution establishment, and flax-processing and cheese-making plants. It arose in 1536 as a fortified point.

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5 (Moscow: Voennoe izdatel'stvo Narodnogo komissariata oborony Soiuza SSR, 1942), 61-62, 79-80, contains information on the murder of the Jews of Velizh and Toropets.
There are two tales that we would tell in our home on Seder night when I was growing up in Pittsburgh: the Exodus from Egypt and the "Escape from Velizh." The first was read from a Haggadah over matzo and bitter herbs; the second was told by my father over a bowl of red beet borscht.