Babtai

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Babtai
Town
Babtai.jpg
Coat of arms of Babtai
Coat of arms
Babtai is located in Lithuania
Babtai
Babtai
Location in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°05′30″N 23°47′40″E / 55.09167°N 23.79444°E / 55.09167; 23.79444Coordinates: 55°05′30″N 23°47′40″E / 55.09167°N 23.79444°E / 55.09167; 23.79444
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
CountyLTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County
MunicipalityKaunas district municipality
EldershipBabtai eldership
Capital ofBabtai eldership
Population
 (2011)
 • Total1,563
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Babtai (Polish: Bobty) is a small town 24 km (15 mi) north of Kaunas, in Kaunas County, in central Lithuania. It is situated on the left bank of the Nevėžis River. As of 2011 it had a population of 1,563.

History[edit]

Situated on the historic road from Kaunas to Riga, it played a role in the trade between Lithuania and Livonia. In 1792, the town received Magdeburg rights and coat of arms. The town declined after construction of railways.[1]

About 300 to 400 Jews of Babtai and Vandziogala were executed in a mass execution between August 28 and September 2, 1941.[2] This crime was perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen of Germans helped by Lithuanian nationalists.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simas Sužiedėlis, ed. (1970–1978). "Babtai". Encyclopedia Lituanica. I. Boston, Massachusetts: Juozas Kapočius. p. 233. LCC 74-114275.
  2. ^ http://www.holocaustatlas.lt/EN/#a_atlas/search//page/1/item/133/

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