|Municipality||Klaipėda district municipality|
|Capital of||Klaipėda district municipality
|Granted city rights||1792|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Gargždai is the Lithuanian name of the city. Versions of the name in other languages include Polish: Gorżdy, Russian: Горжды Gorzhdy, Belarusian: Го́ржды Horzhdy, Yiddish: גורזד Gorzhd, German: Garsden, Latvian: Gargždi.
The number of Jewish residents of Gargzdai killed by the Nazi Einsatzkommando death squad during the Holocaust is at least 500 including 200 men killed on June 24, 1941, and 300 women with children killed on September 14 and 16, 1941. The killings were perpetrated by Einsatzgruppe A under the command of SS Brigadeführer Walter Stahlecker, and documented in the Jäger report.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Gargždai is twinned with:
- John S. Jaffer, ShtetLinks: Gargzdai (Gorzd), Lithuania JewishGen, Inc., the Home of Jewish Genealogy. Accessed June 18, 2011.
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