“Papilys” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

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Translation of the “Papilys” 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

In Yiddish, Popil

A county town, 17 km southeast of Birzai, the district's city. 70-80 Jews lived in Papilys during the 1870's. In 1923, 47 Jews were counted in the town. According to the 1931 Lithuanian government census, there were in the town a haberdashery that was owned by Jews, and a Jewish flax merchant. In 1932, 7 Jewish families lived among the town's 200 residents. Papilys appears in the 1938 list of Jewish artisans in Lithuania. In June, 1941, when Lithuania was conquered by the Germans, the fate of the Jews of Papilys was the same as the fate of the Jews in the surrounding areas. All of them were murdered during the autumn of 1941 by Lithuanians, who were in the service of the occupying German authorities.


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