Lithuania SIG #Lithuania RE: Visit to Old Kretinga Jewish Cemetery #lithuania


Jon Seligman
 

Re: Visit to Old Kretinga Jewish Cemetery, Kretinga, Lithuania

In Kretinga the only visible Jewish remnants are the cemetery, which has
recently been cleared, and the Holocaust memorial the Kveciai forest, three
kilometres west of Kretinga, on Palango gatve (it is clearly signposted
with a brown sign with the words 'Zydu Genocido Vieta').

On the site of the destroyed Synagogue and Beit Midrash on Meguvos gatve,
just south of the town square, is an abandoned Soviet era hotel. There
is also a small exhibit on the Jewish community in the Kretinga Museum,
located in the Manor House on Vilniaus gatve (well worth a visit). The
wooden homes of the community still stand to the east of the town square
(walk along Kestucio gatve). Often former Jewish homes have a doorway
facing onto the street that is clearly blocked up after the war.

You should also visit the memorial to Berek Joselewicz, who set up a
Jewish cavalry regiment of 500 as part of the Polish uprising against
Russian rule in the 18th century. This was raised the first specifically
Jewish military formation in modern history. Joselewicz was born in
Kretinga and a new monument in his honour is located on a square next
to the teacher's college and the cultural centre on Pabrezos gatve.

You can, if you wish, do all of the above independently.

Jon Seligman

Researching GILLIS >from Kretinga

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Subject: Visit to Old Kretinga Jewish Cemetery, Kretinga, Lithuania
From: sarah fuerst <sarahlfuerst@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:04:25 -0400
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I would like to visit the grave of my great great grandfather in the
Old Kretinga Jewish Cemetery and tour what if anything is left of
Jewish Kretinga in May. Can anyone give me any leads on a guide for
this purpose?

Sarah

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