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

Translation of the “Budvietis” chapter
from Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

(Yiddish, Budovitz)

A county town in the Sejny district, 13 km northwest of Lazdijai. From 1933 Budvietis was annexed to the Rudamina subdistrict. A few dozen Jewish families lived in the town in the 19th century. 10 Jewish homes burned down in the fire of 1882 that broke out in the town. In 1923 the town had only 20 Jews. The Cohen family stands out among those who were born in this town. One of its members, Rabbi Zvi-Hirsch Cohen (1862-1950), was a Rabbi in Montreal from 1890. His brother, Eliezer Cohen (1844-1914), and his son, Leon, played an active role among the Jews of Canada. In June of 1941, when the Germans conquered Lithuania, the fate of the Jews of Budvietis was the same as the fate of the other Jews in the area.

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