Liskiava Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Moldova
Region
None
District
Varena
Settlement
Liskiava
Site address
Liskiava Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
54.08528, 24.05664
Perimeter length
500 meters
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 site.
Number of existing gravestones
30
Date of oldest tombstone
1900
Date of newest tombstone
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 1900, it can be inferred the cemetery was founded no later than the early 20th century.

Jews first settled in Liškiava (Pl. Liszkowo, Yid. לישקעוו) in the early 18th century on the invitation of Dominican monks, who wanted to develop the settlement. In 1761, Jews owned 11 houses out of 16. The Jewish population grew to 90 in 1819 and to 170 in 1821. In 1897, about a third of the village’s 613 residents were Jewish. According to the first census of the Independent Lithuanian state, there were 146 Jews in Liškiava, or 36% of the total population, in 1923. About 10 Jewish families remained in the village at the time of the Soviet occupation in 1940. After the German invasion, the Jews of Liškiava were taken to Merkinė and murdered there.