Šilutės rajono savivaldybė

Jewish cultural heritage


 History of Jewish community in Šilute District

The life of the Jews in Šilute and in the surrounding area was different from that in Švėksna or Žemaičių Naumiestis, the towns located in the neighbourhood of Šilutė. The differences were predetermined by the fact that Šilutė and its area was part of Germany. It was more difficult for Jews to compete with German business people there as various restrictions by local authorities were imposed on them.


Left-to-right: Mayor of Šilutė District Municipality Vytautas Laurinaitis, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Indian minister of state for agriculture Mohanbhai Kundariya, Dr. Yusuf K. Hamied

Statues of Gandhi and Kallenbach have been placed near a historic synagogue on a river bank in the small western town of Rusne, near the Russian border.

An article in The Jarusaleum post


Synagogues in Šilute District

History of Švėkšna synagogue

Photos of Švėkšna synagogue

Mezuzah place in Švėkšna synagogue

Synagogue in Žemaičių Naumiestis

List of Jewish Cemeteries

Holocaust places in Šilute District



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