“Smalininkai” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

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Translation of the “Smalininkai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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This is a translation from: Pinkas Hakehillot Lita: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Lithuania,
Editor: Prof. Dov Levin, Assistant Editor: Josef Rosin, published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

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In Yiddish, Smalinink

Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A town in the Papegiai district, in the Klaipeda province. Jews lived there already in the middle of the 19th century. The synagogue was erected in the year 1846.In the period when the province belonged to Lithuania, Jews lived there. Smalininkai is mentioned in the list of Jewish artisans in Lithuania for the year 1938. In 1939 it had 84 telephones, including 10 belonging to Jewish merchants and hotel owner. After the German annexation of the Klaipeda province in 1939, the Jews fled to Lithuania. Their fate was the same as that of the other Jews of the area. At the beginning of the nineties, a memorial was raised in the 'old cemetery' with the inscription, in Yiddish and Lithuanian; 'The Old Cemetery, in Holy Memory of the Deceased.'


Yad Vashem Archives, 0-4/1.
YIVO - Lithuanian Communities' Collection: pages 63778-63786.

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