St. Anne's Church
|Municipality||Rokiškis district municipality|
|Capital of||Obeliai eldership|
|Granted city rights||1956|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
This area of Lithuania is known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the beauty of the countryside and a large number of lakes.
The town of Obeliai is small and quite poor, due in no small part to the diversion of the railway; the station has been by-passed.
The arms of the town were granted on August 8, 1993. Obeliai was first mentioned in the 16th century and received city rights in 1957. The town did not use any arms until the above arms were designed in 1993. The blue bend symbolises the Kriauna River, the silver field, the Lake Obeliai. The three apple blossoms on the bend are canting (sloping), "obelis" meaning apple tree. Apples used to be a major export of Obeliai, with many orchards surrounding the town. This industry is all but gone now.
In August 1941, all the Jewish residents of Obeliai and the surrounding villages were taken into the Antanašė Forest by the Nazis, made to dig a long trench and then shot and buried. The official German army report states that on August 25, 1941, a total of 1,160 Jews, consisting of 112 men, 627 women, and 421 children were killed.
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