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For the town in Belarus, see Zel’va.

Skyline of Želva
Želva is located in Lithuania
Location in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°13′08″N 25°05′49″E / 55.21889°N 25.09694°E / 55.21889; 25.09694Coordinates: 55°13′08″N 25°05′49″E / 55.21889°N 25.09694°E / 55.21889; 25.09694
Country  Lithuania
County Vilnius County
Municipality Ukmergė district municipality
Eldership Želva eldership
Population (2001)
 • Total 516
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Želva is a town in Ukmergė district municipality, Vilnius County, east Lithuania. According to the 2001 census, the town has a population of 516 people.[1]


The town has a Catholic church and a synagogue. Želva is the birthplace of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Aaron Klug.[2]

On July 26 and 27, 1941, the Jews of the town are murdered in a mass execution perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen and local Lithuanian nationalists. 60 people were killed.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Pazelva, former village near Želva


  1. ^ Vilniaus apskrities kaimo gyvenamosios vietovės ir jų gyventojai (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2002. ISBN 9986-589-85-1. 
  2. ^ "The Papers of Sir Aaron Klug". Churchill Archives Centre. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.holocaustatlas.lt/EN/#a_atlas/search//page//item/176/