“Vepriai” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania
(Lithuania)

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Translation of the “Vepriai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

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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Vepriai

Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

In Yiddish, Veper

A county town in the Ukmerge district. A few Jewish families lived in Vepriai before WWI. In 1923, the town had 18 Jews. 13 people voted to the 18th Zionist Congress in 1933. 12 of them voted for the Grossmanists' party, and one for the “Mizrakhi”.

The revolutionist, Moshe Gutman, was born in Vepriai in 1833. Subsequently, he was a delegate in Kerensky's temporary parliament. Gutman was murdered in 1939, during Stalin's “cleansing”.

In June 1941, when Germany conquered Lithuania, the fate of the Jews of Vepriai was the same as the fate of the Jews in the surrounding areas.


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