Daugai Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Moldova
Region
None
District
Alytus
Settlement
Daugai
Site address
Daugai Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
54.36419, 24.35804
Perimeter length
586 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. There is some seasonal vegetation growth on the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones
33
Date of oldest tombstone
1809
Date of newest tombstone
1879
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

Given the oldest preserved tombstone dates to 1809, it can be inferred the cemetery was founded no later than the early 19th century.

The first Jews likely arrived in Daugai (Pl. Daugi, Yid. דויג) in the late 16th century. A congregation was established in the late 18th century. In 1897, the Jewish community numbered 511, or 40% of the total population. There was a large Jewish emigration both before WWI and in the interwar period and Zionist organisations were active. In 1936, there were 396 Jews in Daugai, or 33% of the total population. After the German invasion in 1941, most of the Jews were murdered, there were only a few survivors. In 1970, 2 Jews still lived in Daugai. Later censuses registered no Jewish population.