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August 9, 1506, is the date that history marks as the official beginning of the Jewish community of Pinsk, Lithuania, in what is today the southern part of Belarus. By the eve of World War II, Pinsk’s 28,000 Jews constituted some 70 percent of the city’s population, making it a cultural and social microcosm of the full range of Eastern Europe Jewish life. When Soviet troops liberated the city, in 1944, they found...