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Alternate names: Jelgava [Latv], Mitava and Елгава / Митава [Rus], Mitau [Ger], Mitav and מיטאַו [Yid], Mitawa [Pol], Mintauja [Lith], Yelgava, Jelgawa, Iyelgava, Elgava. 56°39' N, 23°42' E , Capital of Courland Gubernia. 26 miles SW of Rīga.  1900 Jewish population: 5,879.

The old cemetery of Mitau, founded in the 16th century, was almost totally destroyed in Nazi and Soviet times. Located on the corner of Zalites street and Bauskas Street, about thirty tomb boxes without tombstones remain. Four legible tombstones are those of Jahe Herzberg (Stern), Hode Aronstein, Kron Shimelowitz, and Betty Schmahman (Jakobson) 1794-1837. 2 illegible stones. Aleksandrs Feigmanis, Kahovkas 2-12 LV-1021, Riga, Latvia This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cemetery at 1 Miera St. dates from 1729. See burial list. [January 2011]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:59
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