Žiežmariai

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Žiežmariai
City
Ziezmariai statue of freedom.jpg
Coat of arms of Žiežmariai
Coat of arms
Žiežmariai is located in Lithuania
Žiežmariai
Žiežmariai
Location of Žiežmariai
Coordinates: 54°48′0″N 24°27′0″E / 54.80000°N 24.45000°E / 54.80000; 24.45000Coordinates: 54°48′0″N 24°27′0″E / 54.80000°N 24.45000°E / 54.80000; 24.45000
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County
Municipality Kaišiadorys district municipality
Eldership Žiežmariai eldership
Capital of Žiežmariai eldership
First mentioned 1348
Granted city rights 1501
Population (2005)
 • Total 3,852
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Žiežmariai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in the Kaišiadorys district municipality, Lithuania. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Kaišiadorys.

History[edit]

The Jewish population was important in the town since the 16th century and represented 50% of the total population before World War II. In 1941, hundreds of Jews from the city and from nearby villages of Kaisiadorys and Žasliaisont are murdered in mass executions perpetrated by an einsatzgruppen of Germans and Lithuanians collaborators.[1]

Žiežmariai has a rare, surviving wooden synagogue.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Danguolė Rasalaitė (1983-2000), sexual-slavering victim.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.holocaustatlas.lt/EN/#a_atlas/search//page//item/9/
  2. ^ Center for Jewish Art (2004). "Preserved Wooden Synagogues in Lithuania". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved on December 17, 2008.http://cja.huji.ac.il/Architecture/Lithuania/Wooden-synagogues-Lithuania.html

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