Garliava Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Lithuania
Region
Kaunas
District
Kaunas
Settlement
Garliava
Site address
Garliava Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
54.815829, 23.882184
Perimeter length
77 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 somewhat overgrown. The majority of the tombstones are half-broken and covered in moss.
Number of existing gravestones
18
Date of oldest tombstone
1921
Date of newest tombstone
1933
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 old Jewish cemetery and to people buried there.
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. The oldest tombstone dates to the first half of the 20th century, so it can be assumed it was founded in that era.

Garliava (Pl. Godlewo, Yid. גודלעווע) emerged in the early 19th century, and Jews were among the first settlers. In 1897, the Jewish population was 469, or 49% of the total. The town was burnt down during WWI. In the interwar period, there was a Jewish emigration to the US, Canada, South Africa and Palestine. The community maintained a beit-midrash, a Hebrew school and a Yiddish school. About 70 Jewish families remained in Garliava before WWII. All of them were murdered by the Germans and their Lithuanian allies.

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