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VASILISKI: Vasilishki, Vasilishok, Lida uezd [Wasiliszki, Vasilishak, Vasilishok, Vasilishki] PDF Print E-mail

Alternate names: Vasilishki [Rus], Vasilishok [Yid], Wasiliszki [Pol], Vasiliški [Bel], Vasilishak, Vasilishuk, Russian: Василишки. Belarusian: Васілішкі. וואסילישוק - Yiddish. 53°47' N, 24°51' E, 20 miles WSW of Lida, 42 miles E of Grodno, 111.0 miles W of Minsk in Lida District, Vilna Guberniya, Lithuania; Lida District, Grodno Guberniya, Russia; and Lida District, Nowogrodek woj., Poland between WWI and WWII 1900 Jewish population: 2,081.

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May 10, 2013 6:51 PMSubject: [LidaRoots] Anniversaries

May 10th, 1944: The Nazis started a two-day massacre of 2,000+ Jews here in the largest village in the area. It must have been about that time that they took over 500 Poles to Germany for slave labor. [May 2013]

The cemetery is located along one of the main streets and is fenced. At one side is a path that leads to a Holocaust memorial that was originally placed by the Soviets but updated more recently to indicate that the victims murdered here were Jews. The open field of the cemetery is used to graze cattle and has an extremely uneven surface, with periodic mounds and depressions indicating graves. Close inspection of the land reveals a number of tombstones, just at or below the surface. The Hebrew letters are quite evident, but not enough of any one inscription was sufficiently legible for us to record. This cemetery visited by Dan Kirschner & Davida Sky (with guide This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & driver Dina Kopilevich) in August 1994. Contact person: Dan Kirschner, Newton, MA 02161email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UPDATE: Two plaques on a monument mark the site of the Jewish cemetery. The older one, written in Russian, mentions "Russians" killed there and states the date as 1943 (incorrect.) The second plaque in Russian and Hebrew was erected on the 50th Anniversary of the slaughter of the Jews of Vasilishki in May 1942 and mentions Jews as the victims. [May 2002]

photos. [February 2010]

I have photos of the gates for the Vasilishok / Warshilishker Burial Society in Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, New York. Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Queens, New York. .If you are interested, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Loren Greenberg, Venice, California [May 2013]


 

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