Protecting Our Litvak Heritage
A history of 50 Jewish Communities in Lithuania

by Josef Rosin z”l

Introduction by Professor Dov Levin z”l

Hardcover: 488 page, 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 Inches

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The noted historian and Litvak (Jews of Lithuanian heritage), Josef Rosin, presents the history of 50 Jewish towns in Lithuania. The book includes information about the founding of the settlements, their development into vibrant communities, and their ultimate destruction in the Shoah (Holocaust). This is Josef's third book, which brings to 102, the number of communities that he has documented. The thorough coverage shows the rich culture from which many American, South African and Israeli Jews of Litvak heritage can trace their history. This book is a rich resource for Litvak genealogists to extend their knowledge to understand the communities from which their ancestors came. This book is a valuable resource for libraries, synagogues and Litvak homes. Below is the list of towns with the Lithuanian name first, and the Yiddish name.

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About the author:

Josef Rosin, born in Kibart Lithuania is a 1939 graduate of the Hebrew High School in Mariampol. During the Nazi rule in Lithuania he was imprisoned for two and a half years in the Kovno ghetto until he escaped in February 1944 to fight as a partisan against the German and Lithuanian Nazis in the woods of eastern Lithuania and Belarus. After the liberation by the Red Army he returned to Kovno where he was employed until March 1945; at that time he joined a group of Jewish young adults whose goal it was to go to Eretz-Yisrael. In August 1944 he left Lithuania and in October of the same year he arrived in his new homeland as an illegal immigrant together with his bride, Peninah.

In 1950 he earned a Civil Engineering degree and eight years later an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa. In 1987 he retired after 37 years in the firm “Water Planning for Israel” (TAHAL) where for more than twenty years he was head of the Drainage and Development Department.

After his retirement he devoted himself to immortalizing the Jewish communities of Lithuania totally destroyed by the Nazis and their local helpers. First, he wrote in Hebrew about his hometown The Remembrance Book of Kibart, and later translated it into English. It appears in this book.

For over six years he worked as assistant editor contributing nearly 80% of the entries in the Pinkas HaKehiloth-Lita (Encyclopedia of the Jewish Communities in Lithuania) edited by professor Dov Levin from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and published in 1996 by Yad Vashem.

Josef Rosin's current book contains the expanded history of 50 Jewish communities in Lithuania:

Lithuanian Name Yiddish Name
Akmenë Akmyan
Čekiškë Tsaikishok
Eržvilkas Erzhvilik
Garliava Gudleve
Gelvonai Gelvan
Girkalnis Girtegole
Grinkiškis Grinkishok
Griškabūdis Grishkabud
Jieznas Yezne
Kaltinënai Kaltinan
Kamajai Kamai
Kražiai Kruzh
Krekenava Krakinove
Kuršënai Kurshan
Laižuva Laizeve
Laukuva Loikeve
Leipalingis Leipun
Liudvinavas Ludvinove
Luokë Luknik
Miroslavas Miroslav
Molëtai Maliat
Nemakščiai Nemoksht
Onuškis Anishok
Pašvitinys Pashvitin
Pikeliai Pikeln
Plateliai Plotel
Pumpënai Pumpyan
Ramygala Remigole
Raseiniai Rasein
Rietavas Riteve
Seda Siad
Šeduva Shadeve
Seredžius Srednik
Šiluva Shidleve
Surviliškis Survilishok
Suvainiškis Suveinishok
Svedasai Svadushch
Troškūnai Trashkun
Tryškiai Trishik
Tytuvënai Tsitevyan
Vabalninkas Vabolnik
Vaiguva Vaigeve
Vainutas Vainute
Veliouna Velon
Viduklë Vidukle
Viekšniai Vekshne
Ylakiai Yelok
Zapyškis Sapizishok
Žarënai Zharan
Židikai Zhidik

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