Batakiai Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Lithuania
Region
Taurage
District
Taurage
Settlement
Batakiai 
Site address
Batakiai Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
55.347476, 22.511095
Perimeter length
170 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
Type of the fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is well-maintained, and the fence is a good condition.
Number of existing gravestones
9. The inscriptions on the preserved tombstones are barely legible. Further research is required.
Date of oldest tombstone
The only clear preserved date is 1920
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
There is memorial dedicated to an ancient Jewish cemetery and to people buried there.
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment could not be determined. Given the date on the oldest tombstone, it can be inferred the cemetery was already in use by the early 20th century.

About 50 Jewish families lived in Batakiai (Pl. Botoki, Yid. באַטאָק) before WWI. The community had a small beit-midrash. All of the Jews were expelled in 1915, and according to the first census in independent Lithuania in 1923, the Jewish population of Batakiai was 88. At the time of the Soviet occupation in 1940, there were about 10 Jewish families in the town. After the Germans arrived in 1941, all of the Jews were murdered.

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