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Coat of arms of Varakļāni
Coat of arms
Varakļāni is located in Latvia
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
 • Mayor Māris Justs
 • Total 5.331 km2 (2.058 sq mi)
 • 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.


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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