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

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Translation of the “Gudziunai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Gudzhun

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

Gudziunai is a county town in the Keidainiai district. 688 inhabitants were counted in 1897. During the period of Lithuanian independence, it contained 103 Jews in 1923. By the time of the Second World War, they were reduced to a few families only. In 1939, it had 21 telephones, one of these belonged to a Jew, a corn merchant named Itsik Melman. At the end of August 1941, some months after the outbreak of war between Germany and the Soviet Union, all the Gudzianai Jews were taken to the adjoining town, Krakes, and murdered there on September 2, together with other Jews of the vicinity.

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