Laukuva Second Jewish Cemetery
The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. There is no information about when it was demolished or the location of most of the tombstones. Further research is required.
Jews began to settle in Laukuva (Pl. Ławkowo, Yid. לויקעווע) in the 18th century. In 1897, the Jewish population was 418, or 55% of the total. After WWI, according to the first census of the Independent Lithuanian state in 1923, there were 305 Jews in Laukuva, or 42% of the total population. In the interwar period, there was a large Jewish emigration to the US, South Africa and Palestine. The community maintained a beit-midrash, a talmud-torah, a Hebrew school and a library. Zionist organisations were active until the Soviet occupation in 1940. On the eve of the German invasion in 1941, there were about 300 Jews in Laukuva. After the arrival of the Nazis, Jewish males over the age of 15 were taken to the Heydekrug (Šilutė) work camp. Those who remained alive were sent to Auschwitz in 1943. The women and children were murdered in July and December 1941. Seven women and one child were hidden by Lithuanian peasants and survived.