“Kvetkai” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

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Translation of the “Kvetkai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Kvetky

Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A village in the Zarasai district, 20 km. to the east of Birzai. In the second half of the nineteenth century it had a small Jewish community, which continued into the period of Lithuanian independence. In accordance with the Lithuanian Government Law of Autonomy for the Jews, a community council was elected, consisting of 5 members. It was active for a few years and dealt with most aspects of Jewish life in the village. The Jews lived off commerce and craftwork. According to a survey conducted by the Lithuanian government in 1931 Kvetkai had a pharmacy and a general store both owned by Jews. In 1938 there were still a few Jewish artisans in Kvetkai. In 1939 there were 10 telephones in the village, one owned by a Jew, the owner of a restaurant (Moshe Ratzen). Before the Shoah only a few Jews still remained and their fate was the same as that of the others in the vicinity.

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