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Children Music School of Gargždai
Children Music School of Gargždai
Flag of Gargždai
Coat of arms of Gargždai
Coat of arms
Gargždai is located in Lithuania
Location of Gargždai
Coordinates: 55°42′46″N 21°24′12″E / 55.71278°N 21.40333°E / 55.71278; 21.40333Coordinates: 55°42′46″N 21°24′12″E / 55.71278°N 21.40333°E / 55.71278; 21.40333
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Samogitia
County LTU Klaipėdos apskritis flag.svg Klaipėda County
Municipality Klaipėda district municipality
Eldership Gargždai eldership
Capital of Klaipėda district municipality
Gargždai eldershihp
First mentioned 1253
Granted city rights 1792
Population (2010)
 • Total 16.814
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Gargždai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in western Lithuania located in Klaipėda County. The Minija River flows through the city.[1] Gargždai Stadium is its main sports venue.

Gargždai is the Lithuanian name of the city. Versions of the name in other languages include Polish: Gorżdy, Russian: Горжды Gorzhdy, Belarusian: Го́ржды Horzhdy, Yiddish: גורזד Gorzhd, German: Garsden, Latvian: Gargždi.

The Holocaust[edit]

The number of Jewish residents of Gargzdai killed by the Nazi Einsatzkommando death squad during the Holocaust is at least 500 including 200 men killed on June 24, 1941, and 300 women with children killed on September 14 and 16, 1941. The killings were perpetrated by Einsatzgruppe A under the command of SS Brigadeführer Walter Stahlecker, and documented in the Jäger report.[1][2]

St. Michael Archangel Church in Gargždai

International relations[edit]

In 2015 the development of Gargzdai Industrial Park (GIP) started to take place. It is located on the city boundary, in Gamyklos street. Both industrial and commercial purpose land with a total area of 9.3 hectares (23.0 acres). is offered to foreign and domestic investors. It is expected that the new industrial park will attract foreign investments, create new job vacancies for the unemployed in the region and proclaim the city of Gargzdai in other countries.

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Gargždai is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b John S. Jaffer, ShtetLinks: Gargzdai (Gorzd), Lithuania JewishGen, Inc., the Home of Jewish Genealogy. Accessed June 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "The First Mass Execution of the Jews of Gargždai". Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania. Vilnius, Lithuania: Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. 2010. 

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