Memorialization for the Holocaust Victims from the Town of Birzh (Birzai), Lithuania #lithuania
On August 8, 1941, 2400 Jews living in the town of Birzh were force-marched
to the Astrava forest, 3 Km outside of Birzh, and brutally murdered. The
victims lie buried in the forest in two large mass graves. A fuller
description of this horrific event is found at
A major undertaking to build, at the gravesite, a memorial to the victims
is now in process, with the goal of dedicating the memorial in October
A list of victims has been constructed using data >from the Yad Vashem
Database of Shoah Victims Names. However, this list falls well short of
identifying a majority of those who died on that fateful day.
The organizers of the memorial project urgently seek people who can
contribute names of Jews who were resident in Birzh during WWII or Jews
who are known to have perished in the Astrava forest.
If you have such names or other pertinent information to share, please
contact Jonathan Dorfan at <jdorfan@...>. Jonathan will provide
you with a Testimony Form to capture, in a standardized format, what
information you have.
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at hotmail.com </jdorfan@...>