Jews were 7.5% of the total population when my father was growing up in Lithuania. 30-40% in cities including Keidan.
And it was as high as 70- 80% before the great wave of immigration of 120,000 Lithuanian Jews, mostly to the US and South Africa, around the turn of the century.
Art decorates a building awaiting renovation.
Typical, elegant brickwork from the 1920s. Much use of yellow brick here and in Vilnius.
Statue to the Radzivil family who's massive land holdings included Keidan. Lutherans, they infused the city with an air of tolerance. The present day residents are also described as tolerant.
The event of August 28, 1941 should not have happened here. But it did.
The horse stable of the Radzivil summer estate was used as a holding place for Jews to be killed.
Plaque for the Vilna Gaon on a restored synagogue. Except it is the wrong synagogue. The Gaon worked at my father's synagogue (now the regional museum, but not restored at the time the plaque was put up). The Gaon lived about a century before my father was born, his wife was a local Keidan girl.
Laima, a Lithuanian teacher, confirmed this. She said this yellow synagogue was restored by Mr. Kaplan and will begin use as part of the cultural center. I may be related to Mr. Kaplan, see comment for Finding dad's medical school.
Quite lovely cobblestone streets and stucco brick buildings have been well restored.
This may be my father's street.
when I was growing up, a very elegant couple visited from Israel every few years and I could tell they were very special to my father. The wife, Dr. Ginsburg, was born and lived on my father's street. here is more about them.
My father's street. Maybe. His house was torn down and a new house on the left sits in its place.
A tribute to the NBA. Basketball is very popular thought the country. We have a youth team staying at our hotel that looks like it could be from Groton-Dunstable.