Preserving Our Litvak Heritage – Volume I
A History of 31 Jewish Communities in Lithuania

Author: Josef Rosin

Introduction by Professor Dov Levin, Hebrew University

Edited by: Joel Alpert

Published by: JewishGen, League City, TX

First Printing: January 2005, Shevat 5765



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Preserving Our Litvak Heritage – Volume I (A History of 31 Jewish Communities in Lithuania)
Author: Josef Rosin, Edited by Joel Alpert,
Published by JewishGen, League City, TX , 2005

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Map of Lithuania  
Table of contents  
Preface i
Introduction ii
The Author, Josef Rosin, About Himself xvi
Common sources used in most of the articles xvii
Acknowledgments xviii
Glossary of Non–English words Used this Book xix
Lithuanian Name (Yiddish Name) Other Common spellings (Lat/Long) xxiii
Lithuanian Name Yiddish Name Page
Alytus Alite 1
Biržai Birzh 26
Jurbarkas Yurburg 52
Kaišiadorys Koshedar 70
Kapčiamiestis Kopcheve 79
Klaipėda Memel 91
Kudirkos–Naumiestis Naishtot 119
Kybartai Kibart 142
Lazdijai Lazdey 234
Lygumai Ligum 257
Marijampolė Mariampol 263
Merkinė Meretch 288
Panevėžys Ponevezh 310
Pilviškiai Pilvishok 352
Prienai Pren 368
Šakiai Shaki 386
Salantai Salant 406
Seirijai Serey 431
Šėta Shat 455
Stakliškės Stoklishok 479
Sudargas Sudarg 492
Tauragė Tavrig 499
Tauragnai Taragin 525
Telšiai Telz 531
Utena Utyan 566
Varena Aran 600
Veisiejai Vishey 612
Vilkaviškis Vilkovishk 633
Virbalis Virbaln 661
Žeimelis Zheimel 680
Žemaičių Naumiestis Naishtot-Tavrig 690


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