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Skyline of Linkuva
Coat of arms of Linkuva
Coat of arms
Linkuva is located in Lithuania
Location of Linkuva
Coordinates: 56°5′0″N 23°58′0″E / 56.08333°N 23.96667°E / 56.08333; 23.96667Coordinates: 56°5′0″N 23°58′0″E / 56.08333°N 23.96667°E / 56.08333; 23.96667
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Šiauliai County
Municipality Pakruojis district municipality
Eldership Linkuva eldership
Capital of Linkuva eldership
First mentioned 1370
Granted city rights 1950
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,770
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Linkuva (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in the Pakruojis district municipality, Lithuania. It is located 18 km (11 mi) north-east of Pakruojis.The town is more than 500 years old.


In 1940, with the annexation of Lithuania to the USSR, all the town’s factories & stores, mainly owned by Jews, were nationalized. On June 23, 1941, after the Soviet withdrawal from Lithuania hundreds of Jews escaping eastward from Šiauliai and the neighboring towns found refuge in Linkuva and remained there. Most of the town’s Jews were forcibly held in stables and warehouses, where they were brutally attacked. In the summer of 1941, 200 Jewish men were killed near the village of Dvariūkai. The victims came from Linkuva, along with Jewish refugees who had fled to the village.[1]


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