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Aerial Šakiai view, featuring the Town hall of Šakiai
|Municipality||Šakiai district municipality|
|Capital of||Šakiai district municipality
|Granted city rights||1776|
|• Mayor||Juozas Bertašius (LVŽS)|
|• Mayor deputy||Edgaras Pilypaitis|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Šakiai ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in the Marijampolė County, Lithuania. It is located 65 km (40 mi) west of Kaunas. It is presumed that Šakiai first expanded from Šakaičai village. By 1719 a church in Šakiai was built. By the 19th century Šakiai already had city rights; it also had a school, Catholic and Lutheran churches, a synagogue, and a post office. During World War II the city was destroyed by the German army.
Several massacres of Jewish people are alleged to have taken place in Šakiai in World War Two, from July to September 1941. The killings are allged to have committed by an Einsatzgruppen of German SS troops. Involvement of a small number of Lithuanians is also alleged.
Bust of Vincas Kudirka in Šakiai
Twin towns — Sister cities
Šakiai is twinned with:
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Anne Blejer, Hatte (2013-03-04). "Yitzchak Leib Goldberg". Geni. MyHeritage. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
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