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

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  • <private> Katz (Kirsch)
  • Max Cohen (1899 - 1989)
  • Meishe Morris Cohen (1894 - 1982)
  • Max Reib Rubenstein (1858 - c.1922)
    Born Mordechai Reib, probably in Volhynia, Ukraine, circa 1859. All we know about his father is his name: Menachem Nuchem. Even Max Reib Rubenstein's surname is a question mark, since Reib is uncommon ...
  • Hirsch ( Zvi ) Rib (c.1830 - d.)

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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