Krevo is a cosy village in western Belarus, situated on seven hills. It's part of Smorgon district in Grodno region. It has become a popular touristic destination due to its rich history and its careful inhabitants that helped to preserve the heritage.
Krevo was first mentioned in chronicles in the 13th century. Gedimin, an influential Lithuanian duke, built the Krevo Castle there at the period. Later Krevo was the venue of signing the historical Krevo Union – a dynastic document that had a great historic role.
According to rare archive chronicles, there were circa 800 Jews in the settlement – roughly 37% of the village population. D. Plavsky, a local priest wrote about the community that Jews were given the right to settle in Krevo, but despite that, their status in the settlement was suppressed. Jews could not buy any land. Jews were working at craftsmanship and minor trading. On the other hand, despite the modest coexistence, the community enjoyed a stable religious lifestyle. The building of a synagogue, partially preserved to our day, a mikveh and a heder are the evidence.
All of the Jewish population of Krevo was executed in the Holocaust.
Places of interest:
• Ruins of the famous Krevo Castle, built in the 14th century
• A synagogue built in the wake of 20th century, partially destroyed
• Old Jewish gravesites, dated about 17th century