VALKININKAI (Degsne): Alytus county, Varena raj Print

Alternate names: Valkininkai [Lith], Olkieniki [Pol], Olkeniki [Rus], Olkenik [Yid], Olkienniki, Olkinik, Olknik, Volknik, Valkiniras, Valkininkas, Valkininkay, Valkėninkā, Walkenykai, Russian: Олькеники. אולקייניקי-Hebrew. 54°21' N, 24°50' E, 30 miles SW of Vilnius (Vilna), 20 miles SSW of Trakai (Troki), 14 miles SW of Varena (Aran). 1900 Jewish population: 1,126.Formerly Vilna guberniya

Yizkor: Ha-ayara be-lehavot; sefer zikaron le-kehilat Olkenik pelekh Vilna (Tel Aviv, 1962) and (Valkininkas) (Haifa, 1967).

Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), VII, pp. 484-485: "Olkieniki".

‘To Life' Holocaust Survivor and Scholar Eliach Strives to Restore a Shtetl's Vibrant Past", Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle - April 21, 2000 [March 2009]

"VALKININKAI was once given as a gift to Julijona, the second wife of Vytautas; it was famous for its armoury; it survived during the battle of the Sapieha and Oginski families; in the 19th century it became an industrial town with a paper mill and the first cement factory in Lithuania; it was known for one of the most impressive Jewish synagogues in Lithuania; it preserved a unique triangular town square; and now the village welcomes its visitors with peace and quietness." DEGSNĖ village, the former Jewish village, is about 3 km from Valkininkai with unusual houses. Source: Birstonas Tourism. photos [March 2009]

CEMETERY: Sept. 8, 1997, we visited the Jewish cemetery at Valkininkai (Olkenik). This cemetery is especially hard to find. One has to drive off the main road and through a pine tree forest on a small dirt road. Three roads meet at one point. Take the road on the left. Suddenly, where the road ends is the cemetery on the left. There is a sign but no gate on the wood fence. This cemetery is huge. Many readable tombstones still stand. Also, many stones have sunken into the ground. Submitted by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Dayton, OH [Date?]

Cemetery information. [September 2010]

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