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

Written by Dov Levin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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In Yiddish, Radeik

Written by Dov Levin

Translated by Shimon Joffe

A village in the Utena district, in the Lithuanian north west, 11 km north east of the district town Utena and approximately a half kilometer from the Kaunas Zarasai highway. Before the Second World War it had a dozen Jewish families who engaged in farming. Two families, the brothers Lit, worked a thousand dunam farm, inherited from their father, with non Jewish laborers. One of the brothers built and managed a flour mill powered by a steam engine which served the local peasantry. Rabbi Aba David one of the sons of Yehuda Goldfein (born 1878) born in the town, served as the town rabbi. Later in his life, he served as an ethics teacher in the Dvinsk community and later served as the chief rabbi of Moscow.

After the German conquest of Lithuania, in June 1941, the Radeikiai Jews shared the fate of the other Jews in the area; everyone was murdered in the autumn of that year by nationalist Lithuanians in the service of the German occupiers.

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