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Subate (Shubitz, Subata, Subbat, Subitz) - Shtetl in Latvia

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Subate, Shtetl in Latvia

Subate, small Shtetl in Latvia, 40 km northwest of Daugavpils, on the border of Lithuania. also known as Shubitz (Subata, Subat). From 1898 to 1915, facilities for Jewish study opened and there were separate synagogues for misnagdim and chassidim. There were also three chedorim and an elementary school.

My late Dad's family - the Merkel family - originally came from Subate. So, any contribution of personal information, upload of information on Subate, or links to existing information elsewhere on the web will be very much appreciated. - David Merkel Golan

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Subate is a town near border of Lithuania located on the shores of Lake of Subate (66km south from Jekabpils). Subate is located on one of the oldest Selonian trading/merchant roads. First time in historical documents "Subete" is mentioned in 1570 when duke of Courland and Semigallia Gotthar Kettler sold land on west shore of Lake Subate to count G. Plater-Ziberg. Around there the town started to settle.


During the reign of King of Poland Stephen Báthory Subate continued to grow on lands of Plater-Ziberg and Osten-Zaken lands.

A green fir-tree is depicted in Subate's coat of arms. Surroundings of Subate are rich with beautiful fir woods. Fir for ancient Latvians was a symbol of Mother Earth.

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