Varakļāni

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Varakļāni
Town
Coat of arms of Varakļāni
Coat of arms
Varakļāni is located in Latvia
Varakļāni
Varakļāni
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°36′N 26°45′E / 56.600°N 26.750°E / 56.600; 26.750Coordinates: 56°36′N 26°45′E / 56.600°N 26.750°E / 56.600; 26.750
Country  Latvia
District Madona District
Town rights 1928
Government
 • Mayor Māris Justs
Area
 • Total 5.331 km2 (2.058 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 2,199
 • Density 414/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code LV-4838
Calling code +371 648
Number of city council members 9

Varakļāni (About this sound pronunciation ; Yiddish: וואַרקלאַן Russian: Варакляны) is a town in the Latgale region of Latvia.

History[edit]

The town of Varakļāni was founded and established in the Russian Empire in the 18th century.

Varakļāni Palace is located in Varakļāni.

Jews in Varaklani[edit]

Varaklani had a sizeable population of Jews throughout much of its history, ending with the Holocaust. Towards the end of the 19th century, Jews comprised about 75% of the population. Various pogroms, expulsions, WWI and the Russian Revolutions brought the Jewish population down considerably. Several hundred Jews left with the Russians in preparation of the Nazi advance[1]. The Nazis forced 540 remaining Jews to dig their own graves, and then shot them to death in a mass shooting on August 4, 1941.[2]Jewish historical records, including online resources, contain much information about community leadership, organizations, and general town information.

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