kobryn locator
Kobryn is about 46 km (20 mi) north-east of Brest
Map: Based on inter-war Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 300K scale maps,
courtesy of mapywig.org


WIG100k
A small portion of a 1:100k scale 1930's Polish military map,
courtesy of mapywig.org

Kobryn
Kobryn, Belarus is located at Latitude 52.12.58N and Longitude 24.21.59E. It is at an altitude of 485 feet. Kobryn is the center of the Kobryn Region, Brest Voblasc' (Region), about 52 kilometers east of Brest on the Muchaviec River. It was at one time part of Poland. Kobryn is a station on the Brest - Homiel railway line.

road sign
Town sign, 2004
Photo Credit: Alyssa Gillespie

Population History
2005: the approximate population for a 7 kilometer area from the above Latitude and Longitude is 44,569 people.

In 1995 the population of the city of Kobryn was reported as 51,500. There are few if any Jewish people currently living in Kobryn.

In 1941 the Jewish population of the city of Kobryn was reported as 8,000. This was because many refugees from western Poland had arrived and settled in Kobryn.

In 1920 Kobryn contained 5,431 inhabitants with 3,584 (66%) being Jewish. Most of them were employed in construction, linen manufacture, embroidering, porterage, haulage, shop keeping, and retail trade in agricultural produce.

In 1902 Kobryn contained about 10,000 inhabitants with more than 8,000 (80%) being Jewish.

In 1897 (All Russian Census) the results for the Kobryn uezd (Kobryn, Antopal, Garadets, Valavel (Stari and Novi), Dragichin Dzivin, Ivanava, Motal, Adrizhin, and other towns) showed a total population of about 145,000, of which 25,346 (17.48%) were Jewish. However in the Shtetl of Kobryn the total population was 10,480 with either 6,687 or 6,738 (about 69%) being Jewish.

In 1887 the results for the Kobryn uezd showed a total population of about 138,023, of which 16,354 (11.85%) were Jewish. However in the Shtetl of Kobryn the total population was 8,856 with 5,382 (60.77%) being Jewish. There were 3,038 men and 2,344 women.

In 1847 there were 4,184 Jews living in Kobryn and approximately 5,000 in the vicinity.

In 1766 there were 924 Jews in Kobryn and the surrounding villages who paid poll tax.


winter winter
Winter 2003 - fence Winter 2003

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Kobryn Town Crest

Links
Belarus Guide page for Kobryn



Page Last Updated: 11-Nov-2016