“Traupis” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

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Translation of the “Traupis” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Treip

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

A large rural settlement in the Raguva county in eastern Lithuania, in the district of Ukmerge. The river Traupe flows near the settlement. The 1923 Lithuanian government census counted in Traupis 62 Jews or 10 families (out of about 300 residents). The department of community affairs within the Ministry of Jewish affairs in Kaunas decided on July 13, 1920, to unite the Jewish community of Traupis with the Jewish community of the nearby town of Taujenai. The representative of Traupis in the unified council was Moshe Assas.

One of the natives of Traupis was the psychologist Shemuel-James Melzer. Traupis had a large and beautiful prayer house, which was managed by a Shamash only. That was likely the source of the nickname, “Treiper Shamash”, which was common among the settlement's Jews. The Jews of Traupis left the settlement within a few years and no Jews remained there at the outbreak of WWII.


YIVO - Lithuanian Communities' Collection: files 456-458.

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