|Municipality||Kretinga district municipality|
|Capital of||Salantai eldership|
|Granted city rights||1746|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Salantai is named after the Salantas River, which runs through the town. Both of their names are derived from the Lithuanian word "salantais" meaning "freezing."
This town is known for three famed rabbis: Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter and his teacher Rabbi Zundel Salant, rabbi Shmuel Salant, who spent most of his life in Salantai. Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Jerusalem between 1866 and 1910, also lived here before immigration. Aleksandras Bendikas, the Lithuanian book smuggler settled in Salantai. During the summer 1941, 95 Jews of the city were massacred in a mass execution by Lithuanian nazis in the nearby forest.
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