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Vieksniai (Vecksna) in the Siauliai (Shavli) District, Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania

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  • Yisrael Rabinowitz (c.1881 - c.1941)
    Yisrael Rabinowitz was born in Vieksniai, Lithuania to Yaakov. He was a merchant and married to Toba. Prior to WWII he lived in Vieksniai, Lithuania. During the war he was in Vieksniai, Lithuania. Isra...
  • Shmuel Yaakov Rabinowitz (1908 - c.1941)
    Shmuel (Ya'akov) Rabinowitz was born in Vieksniai, Lithuania in 1908 to Yisrael and Tova. He was a merchant and married to Khaia. Prior to WWII he lived in Vieksniai, Lithuania. During the war he was i...
  • Shulamit Rabinowitz (c.1934 - 1941)
    Sholamit Rabinowiz was born in Vieksniai, Lithuania in 1934 to Yaakov and Khaya. She was a child. Prior to WWII she lived in Vieksniai, Lithuania. During the war she was in Vieksniai, Lithuania. Sholam...
  • Wolf Fisch (c.1904 - c.1941)
    Volf Fisz was born in Vieksniai, Lithuania to Yoel and Tova. He was an uppers cutter/tailor and married. Prior to WWII he lived in Vieksniai, Lithuania. During the war he was in Plunge, Lithuania. Volf...
  • Sarah Samson (1904 - 1941)
    Sara Samson nee Wainer was born in Vieksniai, Lithuania in 1904 to Mendel and Ita. Prior to WWII she lived in Vieksniai, Lithuania. During the war she was in Vieksniai, Lithuania. Sara was murdered/per...

The name rolls off my tongue as I pronounce, nay mispronounce, it. / I say it again, / Viekšniai, / And it sits, / Liquidly, / In my mouth. / I find it on my map and trace the letters of its name with my finger. / The map, an old German one, shows it sitting on the blue Venta River, / And I follow the river back and forth, / With my finger, / Past the Mažeikiai District, through Šiauliai, and out / To the vast Baltic Sea.

- first stanza of a poem by Sharon Joffe, a Vieksniai descendant from South Africa

Jewish families of the Vieksniai shtetl. Who were they? Where did they go?

Families

  • Aronshtam
  • Becker, Peker
  • Berghaus
  • Blieden
  • Cohen (Kagan)
  • Eppel
  • Diamant
  • Friedman, Fridman
  • Garbel
  • Glik (Glick)
  • Gutman
  • Gerts (Hertz)
  • Idelzon
  • Jacobson
  • Joffe
  • Kagan
  • Kalman
  • Kats (Katz)
  • Kelman
  • Kumin
  • Kvint
  • Lapidus
  • Liflander
  • Markus (Marks)
  • Palte
  • Rabinovitch
  • Rava, Ravi
  • Rib
  • Rubenstein
  • Shmit
  • Tint
  • Wolper
  • Wigod
  • Vinar, Vayner (Weiner)
  • Vais, Vaish (Weiss)
  • Yakubson
  • Zak, Zaks (Sax, Zax, Zox)

Emigration to South Africa

  • Abraham Katz, son of Dinah Reeb (Rib) and Eliezer Katz
  • Joffe
  • Jacobson - Harris/Herscher
  • Colman (ex Kalman), Sarah Esther, Robert, Marcus Hirsch, Samuel Jacob,

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