“Krincinas” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania
(Krinčinas, Lithuania)

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Translation of the “Krincinas” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Krintshin

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A village and county center in the Biržai district in northern Lithuania, 8 km. north east of Pasvalys. One of the oldest Jewish communities existed in Krincinas. In 1897 it had a population of 155, over half of them Jews. They mainly lived off trade and tanning. In 1897, the tanners went on a protest strike against the owners, arguing that they were not accorded respectable Aliyot (Torah Blessings during the service) and that they were not shown proper regard. The strikers took over the east wall seats in the synagogue. As they refused the demand of the Gabaim (beadles) to vacate the seats, the police were called in to remove them.

According to Jewish sources, the number of Jewish residents in Krincinas increased shortly before the First World War to about 100 families. According to the Lithuanian census of 1923, Krincinas had 286 residents, including 37 Jews. The fate of these Jews after the German conquest of Lithuania was the same fate that befell the other Jews of that area. The majority were murdered in the autumn of 1941 by Lithuanian nationalists in the service of the Germans.

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