Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. JEws sit first settled in Zdzieciol (located in present-day Belarus) in 1580. THe town was the birthplace of Jacob of Dubno and Yisrael Meir Kagan (the Chafetz Chaim). IN 1897 the Jewish population was 3,979 (75 percent of the total). IN 1926 there were 3,450 Jews out of 4,600 people in Zdzieciol (also 75 percent). MAny Jewish refugees arrived from western and central Poland in 1939-1941 after the beginning of World War II, so that by the time of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Jewish population of the town had increased to more than 4,500.