“Gawejkiany” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Poland, Volume VIII
(Gaveikėnai, Lithuania)

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Translation of “Gawejkiany” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Polin

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Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Poland, Volume VIII, page 195, published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

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[Pages 195]


(District of Święciany (Švenčionys) Region of Vilna)

Translated by Jerrold Landau


It is a village to the west of Ignalina, about 25 kilometers north of Święciany. About 20 Jewish families lived in Gawejkiany at the end of the 19th century, and it had a Beis Midrash in which Jews from nearby villages also worshipped. The Jews earned their livelihoods from fishing, trade with the village farmers, and trades. The youth no longer saw their future in the small village, and most of them moved to larger cities or immigrated to the United States. After the First World War, most of the Jews of Gawejkiany moved to Ignalina (see entry). They transferred their holy objects and the rest of the contents of the Beis Midrash there. Only one Jewish family remained in Gawejkiany. Nothing is known of the fate of that family during the Second World War.


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