Širvintos

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Širvintos
City
Municipal office
Municipal office
Coat of arms of Širvintos
Coat of arms
Širvintos is located in Lithuania
Širvintos
Širvintos
Location of Širvintos
Coordinates: 55°2′10″N 24°58′10″E / 55.03611°N 24.96944°E / 55.03611; 24.96944Coordinates: 55°2′10″N 24°58′10″E / 55.03611°N 24.96944°E / 55.03611; 24.96944
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Širvintos district municipality
Eldership Širvintos eldership
Capital of Širvintos district municipality
Širvintos eldership
First mentioned 1475
Granted city rights 1950
Population (2013)
 • Total 6,197
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Širvintos (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in Vilnius County in the eastern part of Lithuania. It is the administrative center of the Širvintos district municipality.[1]

The word Širvintos is the plural form of the name of the Širvinta River, which flows through the city.

Its alternate names include Shirvintay, Shirvintos, Širvintai, Širvintar, Širvintų, and Szyrwinty (Polish).[1]

History[edit]

Before World War II, the town had an important Jewish community representing one third of the total population.[2] In September 1941, Jews of the town are murdered in mass executions perpetrated by Germans and Lituanians nationalists.[3]

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