KLIKOLIAI: Kovno Print

Alternate names: Klykoliai [Lith], Klikol [Yid], Klikl [Yid], Klikoli [Rus], Klikole [Pol], Klikul, Klykuolių, Klikolyay, Russian: Кликоли. קליקאָל- Yiddish. 56°22' N, 22°50' E, 35 miles NNW of Šiauliai (Shavl), 19 miles E of Mažeikiai on the Latvian border on the Vaidakste River about 5 kilometers north of Naujoje-Akmjane in Lithuania and about 10 kilometers south of Auce, Latvia. 1900 Jewish location: about 600.  Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), IV, p. 145: "Klikole". ShtetLink.

CEMETERY: It is in relatively good condition with about 50 tombstones remaining. There is a lot of common surface that seems to indicate that part of the cemetery was destroyed. Most of the tombstones are unreadable or readable only using special techniques. The following names were found: Osher bar Itsahak died 5676; Fruma bat Iehuda Zalman died 7655; Moshe ben Tsvi; Itshak bar Abraham Shneierman, died 5695. 95% of the tombstones are without family names. Source: Aleksandrs Feigmanis, Kahovkas 2-12 LV-1021, Riga. [date?]

UPDATE: The cemetery is in very low ground next to the river dividing Lithuania and Latvia. As such, the ground is very soft; and many of the stones have either become sunken or partially sunken into the ground or completely fallen over. I estimate that if a recovery job were done, there would be found many more than the 50 stones mentioned. Source: Len Yodaiken: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [date?]

MASS GRAVES IN MAZEIKIA: Mazeikiai, Jewish cemetery; 123; pic. # 165-166 US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad . The Germans entered Mažeikia (Mazheik) on Wednesday, June 25, 1941. Mass killings of the men occurred on August 3, 1941 and the women on Saturday, August 9th--a total of possibly 1,000 people. On the outskirts of the town is a road-sign on the edge of thick woods is a sign marking the mass grave. A footpath inside the woods teads to the Jewish cemetery. A large rock with a memorial plaque on grassy areas with a low iron fence to mark the site where hundreds of Mazheik residents lie. Subsequently, none remained. Next to the cemetery, a series of narrow black granite pillars a few feet apart hold up a third cross-piece inscribed in Yiddish to commemorate the slaughter and mass burial site of 4,000 Jewish men, women and children, who perished at that spot with the Jews of Mazeikiai: Sede (Siad), Viekshniai (Veckshna), Tirksliai (Tirkshla), Zidikai (Shidik), Pikeliai (Pikeln), Klykoliai (Klilul) and other towns. a little further away are several non-Jewish graves (communists also killed there.) A few feet behind the tall granite Holocaust memorial is another shorter pair inscribed in Lithuanian on the top cross-column. [March 2009]

Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 14:28