Miežionys

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Miežionys
Village
Miežionys is located in Lithuania
Miežionys
Miežionys
Location of Miežionys
Coordinates: 54°51′30″N 24°53′20″E / 54.85833°N 24.88889°E / 54.85833; 24.88889Coordinates: 54°51′30″N 24°53′20″E / 54.85833°N 24.88889°E / 54.85833; 24.88889
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Vilnius district municipality
Eldership Dūkštai eldership
Population (2001)
 • Total 110
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Miežionys (Polish: Mieżańce) is a village in the Vilnius district municipality, Lithuania. According to the 2001 census, its population was 110.[1]

From 1923 to 1939 the village was located in Wilno Voivodeship, in the north-eastern part of the Second Polish Republic. After the Nazi German and Soviet invasions of Poland in September 1939 the village was transferred to Lithuania according to the Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty.

During the Nazi occupation in World War II the village gave assistance to the Jews organised into food gathering groups sent from the Jewish ghetto in Raduń, including those who escaped the German massacre of May 10, 1942. Among them was Leon Kahn, who appeared with his father in Mieżańce (Mizhantz) while wandering around the area. The villagers took them in and gave them food and help.[2] Sarah Fishkin of Rubieżewicze left a diary attesting to repeated acts of kindness by villagers in that area.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Lithuanian) Vilniaus apskrities kaimo gyvenamosios vietovės ir jų gyventojai. Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2003. p. 118. ISBN 9955-588-04-7. Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. 
  2. ^ Martin Gilbert, The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust (Toronto: Key Porter, 2003), p.19.
  3. ^ Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz, Remember! A Collection of Testimonies (Haifa: H. Eibeshitz Institute for Holocaust Studies, 1999), pp. 285–306.

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