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Subject: Leonard Chess, Haim Yisraeli, Saul Lieberman, Motel (disambiguation), Grodno Governorate
Collection: Grodno Governorate, Polesie Voivodeship, Populated Places in Brest Region, Shtetls
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Моталь / Мотоль
Motal is located in Belarus
Location in Belarus
Country  Belarus
Voblast Brest Voblast
Raion Ivanava Raion
Elevation 280.4 m (919.9 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 3,772
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 225822
Area code(s) +375 1652

Motol (Belarusian: Моталь, Russian: Мотоль, Polish: Motol, Yiddish: מאָטעלע‎) is a township in Ivanava Raion of Brest Region located about 30 kilometres west of Pinsk on the Yaselda River in Belarus.


  • History 1
  • Economics 2
  • Education 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • Sources 6
  • External links 7


Motal was in the Kobryn Uezd of Grodno Governorate until the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917. Between World War I and World War II it was in the Drahichyn county of the Polish Polesie Voivodeship. It is near the center of Polesia which constituted an irregular rectangle of roughly 110 miles from east to west and 50 miles from north to south.

Motal was a Shtetl. In 1937, Motal had 4,297 inhabitants, of whom 1,354 were Jews. (Reinharz, 1985).

The Destruction of Motele (Hurban Motele) was published in Hebrew by the Council of Motele Immigrants in Jerusalem in 1956. It was edited by A.L. Poliak, Ed. Dr. Dov Yarden. The book has 87 pages and contains memoirs and events leading up to the destruction of the Jews of Motele in 1942.[1]


The largest company in Motol is Agromotol.


Motol has 2 secondary schools and an art school.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Destruction of Motele". 


  • Jehuda Reinharz, Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Zionist Leader (1985).
  • Itzhak Epstein, pdf Jewish Motol: Genealogical and Family History Bibliography

External links

  • Photos at
  • Shtetl Links: Motol Home Page

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