|ZAGARE: Joniškis district , Šiauliai County|
Alternate names: Žagarė [Lith], Zhager [Yid], Zhagare [Rus], Żagory [Pol], Žagare [Latv], Zhagar, Zager, Žagarės, Russian: Жагаре. זאַגער-Yiddish. 56°21' N, 23°15' E, 29 miles N of Šiauliai (Shavl), 16 miles WNW of Joniškis (Yanishok), on the Latvian border. 1900 Jewish population: 5,443. Yizkor:Lite (vol. 1) (New York, 1951). Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), XIV, p. 728: "Żagory". [March 2009]
CEMETERY: photo and map. Unmaintained cemetery contains about 100 stones in poor condition. There were Jews in both Old Zagare and New Zagare. In 1897, 1,629 Jews lived in Old Zagare and 3,814 Jews in New Zagare, essentially two separate Jewish cmmunities. Remnants of Jewish cemeteries in both sides exist. The custom was not to transport a dead body over water. I visited there last summer [date?] and saw both cemeteries. I have pictures. [Source?]
The cemetery in Novozhagory (New Zagare) remains relatively good, but cemetery in Starozagory (Old Zagare) is destroyed. Few tombstones remain. Source: Dr. Feigmanis forwarded by Judi Langer Caplan. Aleksandrs Feigmanis, Kahovkas 2-12 LV-1021, Riga
OLD ZAGARE CEMETERY: The cemetery in Old Zagare is in bad condition; few tombstones still remain there. The cemetery in New Zagare has about 300 remaining tombstones. Source: Aleksandrs Feigmanis, Kahovkas 2-12 LV-1021, Riga.
MASS GRAVE: Zagare, town park; 90 pic. # 84-85. Zagare, Jewish cemetery, near the village of 2uriai; 90; pic. # 83 US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad .
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