|DRUSKININKAI: Alytus County, Druskininkai raj|
Alternate names: Druskininkai [Lith], Druskeniki [Rus, Bel], Druskieniki [Pol], Druskininki [Latv], Druśkieniki, Druskininkay, Droskininkā, Druskiniki, Russian: Друскеники. Belarusian: Друскенікі. דרוסקאניק-Hebrew. 54°01' N, 23°58' E, in S Lithuania, near the Belarus border. 24 miles NNW of Hrodna (Grodno), 27 miles S of Alytus (Olita). This spa town on the Neman River in southern Lithuania, close to the borders of Belarus and Poland had a 2001 population of 18,233 and dates back as a spa resort to the 19th century. 1900 Jewish population: 636. Yizkor: Pinkas ha-kehilot; entsiklopediya shel ha-yishuvim le-min hivasdam ve-ad le-aher shoat milhemet ha-olam ha-sheniya: Poland vol. 8: Vilna, Białystok, Nowogródek districts (Jerusalem, 2005) On the shore of a salt lake, Druskeninkai has many resorts and springs. The town is on the border of Belarus southwest of Vilnius and north of Grodno in Trakai District. Rabbi Shmaryahu Yitzchak Bloch lived here. [March 2009]
CEMETERY: "In 1974, I [Eugene Wiglin] spent my vacation in Druskeninkai, Lithuania - a lovely resort, surrounded by splendid forests. / One day my girlfriend and I went out of town and walked slowly in the pine forest, gathering strawberries. Suddenly I reached a place where the berries were extremely rich, growing abundantly near a group of strange stones among the trees. The stones really looked strange - narrow and protruding high above the ground. At first glance, they looked natural, covered with thick moss. Coming closer, I was shocked. They were obviously very old gravestones, abandoned in the middle of the forest. And on some of them you could still trace remains of Hebrew inscriptions. I recognized letters, but my knowledge was not enough to read anything." Source: "It's All Relative: Decoding the Details." Jerusalem Post. 20 June 2002.
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