Zabłudów ([zaˈbwuduf]; Belarusian: Заблудаў, romanizedZabłudaŭ, Yiddish: זאַבלודאָווע‎, romanizedZabludove) is a town in Białystok County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland. Prior to 1999 it was part of the Białystok Voivodeship (1975–1998).

Zabłudów at night
Zabłudów at night
Flag of Zabłudów
Coat of arms of Zabłudów
Zabłudów is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°1′N 23°20′E / 53.017°N 23.333°E / 53.017; 23.333Coordinates: 53°1′N 23°20′E / 53.017°N 23.333°E / 53.017; 23.333
Country Poland
Town rights1553
 • Total14.3 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
 • Total2,400
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code


Wooden Synagogue of Zabłudów in 1895

The town of Zabłudów was founded in 1553, it was also granted Magdeburg town rights.[1] An annual fair and weekly market were established.[1] It was a private town which in the late 16th century passed successively to the families of Pac, Sapieha, Leszczyński, Sanguszko, and from 1598 until the beginning of the 19th century it was owned by the Radziwiłł family.[1] In the 17th century, there were guilds of tailors, shoemakers and potters; agriculture also developed.[1] Also in the 17th century, Protestants, including the Polish Brethren, as well as Jews, settled in the town. In 1654, King John II Casimir Vasa confirmed Zabłudów's town rights and granted the coat of arms. In 1659 during the Russian-Polish War it was destroyed by invading Russian forces.[2]

A destroyed part of Zabłudów during the occupation of Poland (1939–1945)

It was annexed by Prussia during the Third Partition of Poland in 1795. In 1800, the Prussian administration ordered the demolition of the local Catholic church, Germanisation attempts began, in 1803 a German school was founded.[1] In 1807 the town passed to the Russian Partition of Poland. Initially, Polish language was briefly restored to schools and offices, but soon Russification began.[1] The marching Russian troops during the Polish November Uprising in 1831 brought a cholera epidemic.[1] Later, similar to other cities in the region such as Białystok and Supraśl, the textile industry developed.[1]

The town was home to a thriving Jewish community for hundreds of years. It was once the location of the notable Zabłudów Synagogue, a wooden synagogue of a type unique to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, built in 1637. A replica of the Zabłudów synagogue was made in 2004 at the University of Wisconsin in the course study.[3]

During World War II, Zabłudów was occupied by the Soviets from 1939 to 1941 and by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944. Upon entering Zabłudów, the Germans burned part of the town, destroying the Zabłudów Synagogue in June 1941, and in July 1941, they created a ghetto for some 1,800 Polish Jews from the vicinity. On 2 November 1942, the ghetto was liquidated by Germans and the Polish police and approximately 1,400 Jews were transported by Holocaust trains to the 10th Cavalry camp near Białystok and from there to the Treblinka extermination camp on November 10. All were gassed that day. [4] A few dozen managed to hide from the ghetto roundup, though most of those were found and shot. Several local Polish and Belorussian families did shelter some Jews, but in May, 1945, seven of the ten survivors were shot by an armed Polish gang.[5]

Points of interestEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Historia". Gmina Zabłudów (in Polish). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ Maria and Kazimierz Piechotka: Heaven’s Gates. Wooden synagogues in the territories of the former Rzeczpospolita of Poland and Lithuania. Page 558. Polish Institute of World Art Studies & POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warschau 2015, ISBN 978-83-942048-6-0. Early history.
  3. ^ "Zabludow Synagogue Project." Handshouse Studio. University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
  4. ^ "The Deportation of the Zabludow Jews to Treblinka Death Camp." Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine 2003 Tilford Bartman, Jerusalem.
  5. ^ Megargee, Geoffrey (2012). Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, Volume II. Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Press. p. 981-984. ISBN 978-0-253-35599-7.