Liudvinavas Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Moldova
Region
None
District
Marijampole
Settlement
Liudvinavas
Site address
Liudvinavas Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
54.47891,23.35812
Perimeter length
505 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
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is in good condition.
Number of existing gravestones
7
Date of oldest tombstone
1899 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1940 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
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 is dated 1889, it can be inferred the cemetery was already in use by the late 19th century.

There were 8 Jews in Liudvinavas (Pl. Ludwinów, Yid. לודווינאָווע) as early as 1662, but the community began to grow only after the Jews had received a privilege from the king in 1742. In 1897, there were 369 Jews in the town, or 34% of the total population. A lot of the Jews left in the early decades of the 20th century. About 20 Jewish families remained in Liudvinavas at the time of the Soviet occupation in 1940. After the Germans arrived in 1941, all of the Jews were taken to Marijampolė and murdered.

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