“Piniava” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

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Translation of the “Piniava” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

In Yiddish, Piniyave or Pineve

A village in central Lithuania, 8 km north of Panevezys, the district's city. The village is located on both banks of the Levuo River. Near the village there is a large area of forests also called Piniava. The village was the center of the county until WWI. During the period of Independent Lithuania (1923), the village had 127 residents and among them were 58 Jews. Some of them made their living from petty trade and agriculture.

In June, 1941, a short while after the outbreak of the war between Germany and the Soviet Union, Lithuanian nationalists took control of Piniava. One day in July, the Lithuanians arrested all the Jews and while guarding them, led them to Panevezys. From there, the Jews of Panevezys and Piniava were taken to the Pajuoste Forest and were murdered there, apparently on August 24, 1941. Their property and belongings, which remained in the village, were stolen by their neighbors.

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