Independent Lithuania 1919 -1940

A small town in Southern Lithuania
Where the Jewish Community is no more

Jewish Soldiers of Vilkaviskis
This site was built by Ralph Salinger of Kfar Ruppin, Israel
It is built to the glory of the Jewish Community of Vilkkaviskis
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The Jewish citizens of Vilkaviskis saw themselves as both Jewish and proud Lithuanians. They took their responsibilites as citizens of tjhe new Lithuanian state very seriously and as such their enrolement in the new Lithuanian army.

The Oath of Alligance to the Lithuanian State was required to be taken in  a religious institution  - these pictures shows the Jewish soldiers of Vilkaviskis. Its sad to think that so many of these patriotic Jewish citizens were to murdered in a few years - partly by their neighbours !
This is the only picture of the interior of the Great Synagogue of Vilkaviskis
Pictures of Jewish recruits after the swearing in ceremony infront of the Great Synagogue of Vilkaviskis
Jewish soldiers from Vilkaviskis - In this picture is Chaim and Arie Shatz
Captain Shmarihu Pustapetski