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DZERZHINSK (until 1932 name was KOIDANOVO). Alternate names: Dzyarzhynsk [Bel], Dzerzhinsk [Rus, since 1932], Koidanovo [Rus, until 1932], Koidenav [Yid], Kojdanów [Pol], Dzerjinsk, Dzjarzynsk, Dziaržynsk, Dsjarschynsk, Kaidanovo, Kaydanovo, Kojdanava, Koydanovo, Koydanava, Kojdanaŭ, Keidanov, Kaiden, Belarusian: Дзяржынск, Койданаў. Russian: Дзержинск, Койданово. Yiddish: . קוידענאו Renamed to 'Dzerzhinsk' in 1932. Located at 53°41' N, 27°09' E, 23 miles SW of Minsk, 21 miles NE of Stowbtsy. Yizkor: Koydanov; zamlbukh tsum ondenk fun di Koydenover kdoyshim, vos zaynen umgebrakht gevorn fun di Daytshishe Natsis (New York, 1955) Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), IV, pp. 246-249: "Kojdanów".  Pollution problem:due to giant chemical factories, some working, others derelict. This was home to Soviet Russia's chemical weapons industry - sarin, VX, mustard gases and dioxins were all produced in the city's factories. [March 2009]


Cemetery: Massacre site of 1800 Jews on October 21, 1941.. [March 2009]

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