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Coat of Arms of Tałačyn
Church of the Protection of Our Lady, Talachyn, Belarus

Talachyn (Belarusian: Талачы́н, Łacinka: Tałačyn, pronounced [taɫaˈtʂɨn]) or Tolochin (Russian: Толо́чин; Polish: Tołoczyn, Yiddish: Tolotshin טאָלאָטשין‎, Lithuanian: Talačynas) is a city in the Vitebsk Region of Belarus, an administrative center of the Talachyn district. It is perhaps the coldest city in Belarus in winter[citation needed], with a record low of -42.2C.


The town was first mentioned in 1433. The village was a shtetl, the Jewish population of the town constituted more than 70% of all inhabitants.[1] In March 1942 the Germans killed more than 2,000 Jews from the city and its suburbs in a mass execution.[2] A memorial has been erected to remember the fate of the victims. American composer Irving Berlin was born in this city.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-03-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/about/institute/killing_sites_catalog_details_full.asp?region=Vitebsk

External links

  • Talachyn, Belarus at JewishGen
  • Photos on Radzima.org
  • Talachyn on Google Maps

Coordinates: 54°25′N 29°42′E / 54.417°N 29.700°E / 54.417; 29.700

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