A small town in Southern Lithuania
Where the Jewish Community is no more
Shtetl Life - The Jewish Soldiers of Vilkaviskis
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 !
Jewish recuits after the swearing in ceremony infront of the Great Synagogue in Vilkaviskis. The ceremony was conducted by Rabbi Greun. The Rabbi and his entire family were murdered in 1941.
Jewish soldiers infront of the Great Synagogue in Vilkav iskis .
Jewish soldiers giving the Oath of Aligance in the Great Synagoge in Vilkaviskis.
This is the only picture of the interia of the synagogue.
Other pictures of the Jewish soldiers from Vilkaviskis - In these pic tures are Chaim and Arie Shatz