“Klovainiai” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
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Translation of the “Klovainiai” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Klovainiai (Lith.)

In Yiddish, Klovyan

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A county town in the Siauliai district in northern Lithuania, 8 km. south east of Pakruojus. In 1897, the town, together with the estate of the same name, had 726 inhabitants. In the census of 1923, conducted by the independent Lithuanian government, 773 inhabitants were counted, including 21 Jews. They lived off petty trade and farming. In social matters and religion, they depended on the Pakruojo community. When Klovainiai was annexed to the Soviet Union in June 1940, the town had 4 Jewish families. In the very first days after the outbreak of war between Germany and the Soviet Union, Lithuanian nationalists, who called themselves partisans, shot a Jewish woman and her daughter, on the pretext that these had assisted soldiers of the Red Army. Later, they murdered another Jew. A few Jews attempted to find shelter with local peasants and in the neighboring town of Joniskis, but were unsuccessful. All of the town's Jews, 13 souls, except for Sheine Lazar of the Dermeik family, who remained in the Siauliai ghetto (and perhaps another person), perished at the hands of the Lithuanians. Their houses and livestock were plundered by the neighboring peasants. The names of the murderers of the Jews are preserved in the Yad Vashem archives


Yad Vashem Archives, Koniukhovsky collection 0-71, file 108.

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