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

Under Prussian Rule 1793 - 1805

Until 1795 Vilkovishk was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom, when the third division of Poland by the three superpowers of those times - Russia, Prussia and Austria - caused Lithuania to become partly Russian and partly Prussian. The part of the state which lay on the left side of the Neman river (Nemunas), including Vilkovishk, was handed over to Prussia who ruled there during the years 1795-1807.

Under Prussian rule the residents were encouraged to build stone or brick houses, instead of wooden ones, for which they were granted a third of the expenses. In those years the importance of Vilkovishk increased, it being a commercial point on the road from Kovno to Koenigsberg.
From this map you can see that Vilkaviskis is situated from 1795 - 1806 in "New East Prussia"
"New East Prussia" in light blue
A small town in Southern Lithuania
Where the Jewish Community no longer exists
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