Re: Mozheiki, Lithuania-Belarus #general


In his message of ll-1-00 Ron Gold asked about "Mozheiki." The entry
for this place in my 1962 Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer referred me to
an entry for "Mazeikiai" and there I learned that Mazaeikiai (Mazheiyai
or mazheykayay, had a population of 5,618, was 45 miles northwest of of
Siauliai, near the Latvian border. It was noted as an industrial center,
with manufacturing of furniture, mealware, oils, fats, woolens,bricks and
starches. Near the town, at Akmene was a cement mill. Until Mazeikiai was
in the Russ-Kovno Government, and was called Muravyevo. ( I know >from
some history books, that there there was a Russian family of this name
and also an Governor General who not fond of Jews, unlike a few other
Governors General who were at least tolerant, and made some efforts to
protect them at various times.)

Including names of prominent residents, Nancy Schoenburg and Stuart
Schoenburg devote two pages to this town in their "Lithuanian Jewish
Communities," Jason Aronson, 1996, ISBN 1-56821-993-8. The Schoenburgs
say that in 1897, the town had only 435 Jews.

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY, Odessa, Berdichev; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SHUTZ, SCHUTZ,
Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse.

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