A small town in Southern Lithuania
Where the Jewish Community no longer exists

The History of Jewish Vilkaviskis
The majority of this material is taken from and article by Josef Rosin who has kindly given his permission of this material                                                                                                     
The Earliest History     1300 - 1795

Under Prussian Rule 1793 - 1805

The French Period 1805 -1813

Under Russian Rule 1815 - 1914

Vilkaviskis During World War 1 1914- 1918

Independent Lithuania 1919 - 1940

Vilkaviskis During World War 1 1914- 1918

During WW1 Vilkovishk passed several times from one administration to another, the Jews suffering from abuse and maltreatment by Russian soldiers, and many left. During the German occupation (1915-1918) the Jews, like every one else, suffered from the various restrictive edicts of occupation rule and Jewish community life was paralyzed. The Jewish Bendet Rabinovitz was the mayor of Vilkovishk during these years.
The inauguration of the German War Memorial in the Market Square circa 1917

This picture was kindly provided by Mr Antanas Zilinskas, Director of the Vilkaviskis Regional Museum
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German soldiers with captured Russian rifles, Vilkaviskis
German military train heading East, taken at the Vilkaviskis railway station
2 Jews infront of a house in Vilkaviskis circa 1915
German military train by the destroyed water tower, Vilkaviskis railway station circa 1914-1915
Vilkaviskis Market Square circa 1914
These pictures are used with the kind permission of
Jens-Olaf Walter