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

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Translation of the “Medingenai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Medingyan

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A village in the county of Plunge, in the Telsiai district, the Zemaitija region in north western Lithuania. The village lies on both banks of the Minija River, some 13 km. distant from the town Rietavas. In the year 1861 it had 84 inhabitants. According to the census conducted by the independent Lithuanian government in 1923, it now had 236 inhabitants, among them a dozen Jewish families. Over time, this number fell. Those that remained in the village when the Germans conquered Lithuania in June 1941, were murdered on July 23 1941 by Lithuanians in the service of the German authorities. According to the Lithuanian-Soviet source the victims, 22 in number, were buried in a mass grave in the village Jovaisiskes, approximately 2 km. south east of Plunge on the road to Zarenai.

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