Alternate/former names: Ashmyany (Belarusian: Ашмя́ны, Ašmiany, Lithuanian: Ašmena, Polish: Oszmiana, Russian: Ошмяны), Ashmyany [Bel], Oshmyany [Rus], Oszmiana [Pol], Oshmene and אָשמענע[ Yid], Ašmena [Lith], Aschmjany [Ger], Ašmiany, Asmjany, Oshmana, Oshmiana, Oshmina, Osmiana, Osmiany, Oszmiany, Ozmiana. Located at 54°25' N, 25°56' E, 75.1 miles WNW of Minsk and 31 miles SE of Vilnius in Hrodna voblast, Belarus (previously Vilna Guberniya, Imperial Russia), capital of the Ašmiany raion lies in the basin of the Oshmianka River (Lithuanian: Ašmena)..
CEMETERY: near the "new" school, a light colored brick building surrounded by a white and blue wooden fence. Drive past the school to some 5-6-story apartment buildings (white). The cemetery is in a field by the apartments.
The Jewish population was 376 in the 1766 census. See photographs. [January 2009]
UPDATE: Organization of Oshmiany New Comers (Olim) in Israel announces restoration and rebuilding of the Jewish cemetery about 50 kilometers from Vilnius. Former residents of Oshmiany found the Jewish cemetery half destroyed. Part of the tombs were stolen, broken, or dispersed in the field. A few are still standing. The cemetery is overgrown with wild overgrown grass and filled with garbage. Herds of pigs and cows graze. The old fence has disappeared. City hall intends to remove the graves and build on the site. The Jewish Oshmiany organization registered as non-profit organization whose registration number is 58-034-598-1, Town officials were very positive about restoration..All the expenses of the restoration have to be provide by our organization. We need additional help to preserve and eliminate the complete destruction of the cemetery. Chanan Peled- Chairman. 24 Argaman St. Ramat Efal 52960 ISRAEL. Tel. +972-3-6351493. Source: JewishGen Digest. [March 2004]
Jewish cemetery photos. [February 2010]
MASS GRAVE: photos of the massacre sites and memorials of 700 Jews on 23 October 1942; of 573 Jews on the 3-4 July 1941; and of 353 Jews on 4 July 1941.[March 2009]
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