After the genocide and the war, the houses of murdered Jews were reoccupied often by non-Jewish Belarussians.  Happily in the case of my cousin’s house, it seems that the house is now owned by a Jew living in the main Jewish city of Belarus and renting it out to a Roma woman and her daughter.

Michala Street was the main street of the ghetto in Nyesviz.  After the war, the comrades renamed it Liebknecht Street in honor of the German Communist martyr Karl Liebknecht, murdered by the Friekorps on order of the right wing of the German Social Democratic Party during the uprisings in 1919.

I am proud that the street was renamed for this leading German comrade as it shows international solidarity in the wake of the genocide and points to the role of Jews in liberating Nyesviz from the boot of the Polish occupiers.

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