Genealogy Projects tagged with Lithuania on the Geni Family Tree

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  • Kovno Ghetto

    Kovno Ghetto Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto Kovno Pogrom The Kaunas (Kovno) pogrom, under the direction of the Nazi SS Brigadeführer Franz Walter Stahlecker, was a massacre of Jewish people living in Kaunas, Lithuania that took place in from June 25 to June 29, 1941 – the first days of the Operation Barbarossa and of Nazi occupation of Lithuania. The most infamous in...

  • Grand Dukes of Lithuania

    The Grand Dukes of Lithuania, c1200 - 1569 From King Mindaugas to Sigismund III. The state of Lithuania formed in 1230s, when threatened by the Livonian Order in the north and the Teutonic Knights in the west, Baltic tribes united under Mindaugas leadership. He became the only crowned king of Lithuania. His state became known as Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After Grand Duke Jogaila becam...

  • Vilna Ghetto גטו וילנה

    Vilna Ghetto Out of 70,000 Jews living in Vilna (Vilnius), only 7,000 would survive the war; the Jewish culture in Vilnius, one of the greatest in Europe, ceased to exist. Jews constituted 30% of the total population of Vilnius before the Holocaust. Over 96% percent of the Jews living in Vilna were murdered during the Nazi occupation. No other Jewish community in Nazi-occupied Eur...

  • Lithuanian Massacres

    The majority of Jews in Lithuania were not required to live in ghettos nor sent to the Nazi concentration camps which by then were just in the preliminary stages of operation. Instead they were shot in pits near their places of residence with the most infamous mass murders taking place in the Ninth Fort near Kaunas and the Ponary Forest near Vilnius. Lithuania’s Jews were thus the first ...

  • Ratnycia and Druskieniki, Lithuania: Remembering our Ancestors

    '"...On the 22nd of June, 1941, the Nazis attacked Lithuania but the news didn't reach Radnitsa until the next day when the refugees from Liskovo and Lipen arrived. There was nowhere to run, however, as the Nazis had already taken Vilna and the Kaunas fortress. Everyone stayed in their own homes. The Nazis, may their names be blotted out, used the Radnitsers for slave labor, clearing out forest...

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  • Swieciany Ghetto

    The Swieciany Ghetto was liquidated April 4, 1943. The people were told that they were being resettled in either the Vilna or the Kovno ghettos. The train with the Jews of Swieciany was detained at the Vilna depot while murder operations proceeded with the Jews of Sol. Then the train went to Ponary. When Swieciany Jews found themselves at Ponary they realized that they had been tricked. The...

  • Siauliai (Shavli) Ghetto

    The Ghettos in Šiauliai (Shavli); The Lithuanians succeded in killing over 2000 Šiauliai Jews before the incarceration of the remaining Jews in the two Ghettos, one in the Kafkaz area and the other in the Traku neighborhood, about 500 meters away. The Ghetto gates closed behind about 5500 Jews that were crammed in an area of about 8000 square meters of living space; 1.5 m per pe...

  • Sharpe Family of Vilna and Nashua, New Hampshire

    Welcome! This project is intended to facilitate genealogical and historical collaboration among those interested in the Sharpe family of Vilna, Lithuania and Nashua, New Hampshire (USA). How can you participate? (1) Add your branches to the Geni tree. This is a 100% shared collaboration and the tree belongs to all of us. Please do not duplicate existing entries. (2) Upload photo...

  • Kovno, Ponedel, Rakiskis and other Lithuanian Heritage

    Tracing Lithuanian Jewish Families Trying to locate and map out Lithuanian families: Zisman, Zausman, Levin(e), Jaffe, Yoffe, Kader, and other various versions and many other names. Jaffe Family Read about the history of the illustrious Yaffe family starting from 15th century Rabbi Mordecai Jaffe and Descendants in Lithuania and Galicia in " An Ancient lineage: European Roots of a Jew...

  • Werpachowski - Verpachovskis - Verpakovskis

    This project is made to help descendants of Werpachowski - Verpachovskis - Verpakovskis to find out more about the origins of the surname and see how are they related. Šis projektas sukurtas tam, kad Werpachowski - Verpachovskis - Verpakovskis palikuonys galėtų sužinoti daugiau apie pavardės kilmę ir kaip šie palikuonys yra susiję.