Maisiagala Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Lithuania
Region
Vilnius County
District
Settlement
Maišiagala
Site address
Maisiagala Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
54.86561, 25.0740
Perimeter length
363 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.
Number of existing gravestones
30
Date of oldest tombstone
1886 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1934 (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 1886, it can be inferred the cemetery was already in use by the late 19th century.

Maišiagala (Pl. Mejszagoła, Yid. מיישעגאָלע) had a Jewish population of 354 in 1865. About 55 Jewish families lived in the town in the interwar period. When the area was transferred to Lithuania in 1939, Lithuanian nationalists staged a pogrom. The whole of Lithuania was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940. After the German invasion in 1941, the Jews were confined in a ghetto and taken for forced labour. On 28 September 1941, they were murdered.

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