“Ploksciai” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania
(Plokščiai, Lithuania)

55° 05' / 23° 11'

Translation of the “Ploksciai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996

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In Yiddish, Ploksciai

Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

A county town on the left bank of the Nemunas River, 14 km northeast of the district city of Sakiai. In 1797, the town had 192 residents and among them were 5 Jews. In 1923, the town had 455 residents and among them were 39 Jews. According to the 1931 Lithuanian government census, Jews owned in the town 3 fabric stores. In 1939, the town had 9 telephones; of which one belong to a Jew (Meir Shilkiner).

Most of the town's Jews belonged to the Zionist camp. 28 of the town's Jews participated in the elections to the 19th Zionist Congress which took place in 1935: 26 votes went to the Grossmanists, 1 vote to the General Zionists B, and one vote to the Mizrakhi.

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

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