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Alternate names: Marijampolė [Lith], Kapsukas [Lith, 1956-89], Mariampol [Kapsukas-Rus, Yid], Maryampol [Pol], Marijampole [Latv], Mariampole, Marjampol, (Капсукас Kapsukas, 1956-89.) Russian: Марьямполь. מאַריאַמפּאָל-Yiddish. 54°34' N, 23°21' E, in SW Lithuania, near Polish border.  1900 Jewish population: 3,268. Marijampole al gedot ha-nahar Sheshupe (Lita) (Tel Aviv, 1986). Yad li-kehilat yehude Mariampol (Lita) (Tel Aviv, 1973). Pinkas ha-kehilot; entsiklopediya shel ha-yishuvim le-min hivasdam ve-ad le-aher shoat milhemet ha-olam ha-sheniya: Lithuania (Jerusalem, 1996). Lite (vol. 1) (New York, 1951). ShtetLink. Amid mountains, green valleys, with the Sheshupe flowing through a valley, Marijampole was once known as Staripolya or Staripole and was subordinate to the Kalvaria kahal. Mariampole had three high schools, two Lithuanian and one Hebrew, a tarbut school, and a yavne school, a Lithuanian government carpentry school, a Jewish kindergarten, an old-age home, and a drama club. The Town Council had four elected Jewish representatives and a Jewish Vice-Mayor some time before WWII. ShtetLink. Town history. [March 2009]

CEMETERY: I visited the site of the former Jewish cemeteries in Marijampole on July 31, 1997 with guide Regina Kopilevoch. Two Jewish cemeteries, one old and one new, existed in pre-war Marijampole, both which were destroyed. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Brooklyn, NY 

While passing Mariampole, I noticed a dozen headstones in excellent condition placed neatly in a circle in the middle of a traffic hub. The actual cemetery was razed to facilitate some development. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Old Jewish Cemetery: The old cemetery along the Sesupe River within the city of Marijampole, now serving as a public park, has a tablet in Yiddish and Lithuanian marking the site.
  • New Cemetery: This cemetery is also a park, located across the river in what was formerly the village of Tarpucie. Twelve remaining tombstones are arranged in a circle around a mound. They are in excellent condition and date mostly from the inter-war period. There is also a historical tablet. On the other side of town, beside a former Russian military compound and also along the river, is the site where 8000 Jews were killed in 1941. An impressive marker in Yiddish and Lithuanian marks the site. Source for Marijampole: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Brooklyn, NY
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