“Kuktiskes” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania
(Kuktiškės, Lithuania)

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Translation of the “Kuktiskes” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Kuktiskes also Kuktiskiai

In Yiddish, Kuktishok

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A county town in north eastern Lithuania, 12 km. from the district town of Utena. A settlement called Kuktiskes is mentioned in 14th century historic documents as being on both sides of the Vyzinta River, and as having been put under the hegemony of the Bishop of Vilnius. In 1882 the town had a population of 282, and in 1923-481 inhabitants, including 172 Jews (this number included all the Jews from the county villages). Over the years the Jewish population diminished in number. At the beginning of the Second World War the town had, it appears, no more than 25 Jewish families. After the German invasion of Lithuania, in June 1941, the local Jews, together with Utena Jewry, were murdered by Lithuanians on August 29, 1941.

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