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Arrests 21 Belarus and Moldova: Country Studies and deportations were common: about 300,000 persons were deported from western Belorussia to Soviet labor camps between September 1939 and June 1941, when Germany attacked the Soviet Union. In June 1941, when German tanks swept through Belorussia toward Moscow, many Belorussians actually welcomed the Nazis, thinking that they would free the Belorussian people from their communist oppression. However, the Nazis' designs for the occupied territories became known soon enough: Ger manizing and assimilating 25 percent of the Belorussians and either ousting or destroying the remaining 75 percent; parcel ing out Belorussian territory to the Lithuanian and Ukrainian administrative divisions and to East Prussia, while making the central part of Belorussia the Weissruthenische Generalbezirk (Belorussian Military District); and placing the eastern portion of Belorussia under the German military regime.
Ukrainians account for approximately 3 percent of the pop ulation. Belarusians and Ukrainians have been on basically friendly terms and have faced similar problems in trying to maintain their ethnic and cultural identities in the face of Rus sification by Moscow. Jews have been present in Belarus since medieval times, but by the late eighteenth century they were restricted to the Pale 32 Belarus of Settlement and later to cities and towns within the Pale (see Ethnic Composition, ch. 2). Before World War II, Jews were the second largest ethnic group in Belorussia, accounting for more than 50 percent of the population in cities and towns.
And Lukashyenka continued to accumu late power through his appointments and dismissals. Physical Environment Topography and Drainage Belarus, a generally flat country (the average elevation is 162 meters above sea level) without natural borders, occupies 26 Children amusing themselves in a park on a Sunday afternoon, Minsk Courtesy fim Doran Young girls in folk costumes Courtesy Anatol Klashchuk 27 Belarus and Moldova: Country Studies an area of 207,600 square kilometers, or slightly less than the state of Kansas.