“Priekule” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania
(Priekulė, Lithuania)

55° 33' / 21° 20'

Translation of the “Priekule” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996


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This is a translation from: Pinkas Hakehillot Lita: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Lithuania,
Editor: Prof. Dov Levin, Assistant Editor: Josef Rosin, published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.


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Priekule

In Yiddish, Priyekule

Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

A town near the Minija River in the Klaipeda district, 21 km southeast of Klaipeda. The Klaipeda - Pagegiai railway line, and the Klaipeda - Jurbarkas road, pass through the town.

In 1897, the town had approximately 400 residents. The town, as well as the entire region, were in Prussian territory until 1923. Between 1923 and 1939, Priekule was in the territory of Independent Lithuania, in the autonomous region of Klaipeda, and served as the center of the county. The town held weekly market days and big fairs in horse trading. In 1923, Priekule had 921 residents, and among them were a few dozen Jews. We do not have information about the time when Jews settled in Priekule. According to the 1931 Lithuanian government census, Jews owned a fabric shop in the town.

Bibliography:

YIVO - Lithuanian Communities' Collection, pages 63778-63786.


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