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Raseiniai

Raseiniai ; Samogitian: Rasein?, Polish: Rosienie is a city in Lithuania. It is located on the south eastern foothills of the Samogitians highland, some 5 km (3.1 mi) north from the Kaunas–Klaip?da highway.Coordinates: 55°22′N 23°7′E. Raseiniai was mentioned for the first time in 1253.
The town was among the first Jewish communities established in Lithuania, and the city, which is known in Yiddish as Raseyn, became known as the "Jerusalem of Zamut." Jews continued to settle there in large numbers throughout the 17th century.
During most of the 19th century, the greater proportion of the town's population was Jewish and it was a center of the Jewish Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement. In 1842 the city had 7,455 inhabitants, the majority of whom were Jews. In 1866 the town had 10,579 inhabitants, of whom 8,290 were Jews. In 1897 the population of the district, excluding the town, was 221,731, of whom about 17,000 were Jews. After World War I, however, the Jewish community was smaller. By 1926 2,226 Jews lived in Raseiniai, and approximately 2,000 (40% of the general population) in 1939. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raseiniai
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Sara nee Furmansky-Gurvich , a survivor\ from Raseinial with her husband and son (1950's)

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Rabbi Samuel Nathaniel Deinard was born on January 25, 1873 in Raseiniai

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Moses Moshe Brodie 
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BIRTH 7 MAR 1903 • Raseiniai, Lithuania
DEATH DEC 1976 • Baltimore

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Sarah Pesha Heyman (Toker Drexler)  born in 1880  in Raseiniai wirh brother, Meyer Drexler (Toker,) born in 1884  in Raseiniai
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Rabbi Nosson Zvi (Nota Hirsh) Finkel (1849 - 1927) was also known as the alter (elder and Sabba) of the Yeshiva of Slobodka. Born in 1849 in Raseiniai.

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Anna Holtzman born in 1889 in Raseiniai 

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Abraham Mendel Drexler (nee Toker) born in 1860 in Raseiniai with his wife  Chaia Beile.

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Picture of  the son of Rabbi Pinkhas Halevi Komisaruk   
   
Born 1830, Rassein  (now Raseiniai), Lithuania.  

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Gita Aleksnyanski  lived in Rasseine, Lithuania. During the war she was in Rasseine, Lithuania. Gita was murdered in the Shoah.

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Hirrsh Toker ( changed to Harry Dexler) born in 1895 
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Khaim Aleksnyanski was born in Lithuania. He was a tanner and married to Gita. Prior to WWII he lived in Rasseine, Lithuania. During the war he was in Rasseine, Lithuania. Khaim was murdered in the Shoah.

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Raseiniai  A group of people pose with a horse on "Yatkes gesl" (Butcher's Lane). (Left) a man sits near the doorway of a dilapidated building.

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1937 
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People near a synagogue. (Left) a wooden house with an open window. (Written on back in Yiddish) "The 'kalte' [cold] synagogue."

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(Written in Yiddish) "A corner in Krizis Street": two men sit on logs in front of a sunken wooden building; (left) children smile at the photographer.

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Members of the He - Chaluts movement in the "Chaim Arlosoroff" pioneering training commune (kibbutz hachshara) in Raseiniai. Photographed in May 1934. On the back of the photo are signatures of the members. Some that appear are Shlomo Rochman, Aba Rozin and Pesza Gitelson.

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Members of the He - Chaluts movement from the pioneering training commune (kibbutz hachshara) in Raseiniai. In the photo: Elchanan Fig, a member of the He - Chaluts ha - Tsa'ir secretariat (top row, on the left). Photographed in 1936. 

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Members of the He - Chaluts movement from the "Chaim Arlosoroff" pioneering training commune (kibbutz hachshara) in Raseiniai. Photographed on February 20, 1936, as a memento for their member Miriam Icikovic who was emigrating to Palestine

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Members of the local chapter of the He - Chaluts Ha - Tsa'ir youth movement in Raseiniai. Photographed on May 7, 1934.

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Members of the He - Chaluts movement from the agricultural pioneering training program (hachshara) in Raseiniai. Photographed in 1933, in the fields of the farm.    Liudginas Foto, Raseiniai

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Members of the He - Chaluts movement in the "Chaim Arlosoroff" pioneering training commune (kibbutz hachshara) in Raseiniai. Photographed on June 8, 1936, as a memento for their member Mina Jankelevits, who was leaving to immigrate to Palestine: Note: About the He - Chaluts movement in Lithuania, see: Shner - Nish

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Raseiniai, Lithuania, A view of the town, Prewar.

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Yankele Aleksnyanski was born in Rasseine, Lithuania in 1924 to Khaim and Gita. He was murdered in the Shoah

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Ruins of a synagogue, before the war. — Raseiniai, Lithuania

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RASEINIAI: Raseiniai district , Kaunas [Rasayn,Rossieny, Raseinen, Rosienie, Rasei?i,l Rasein, Raseyn, Raseinai, Rasseyn, Raseyn, Resein, Rossein]

Raseiniai

Alternate names: Raseiniai [Lith], Rasayn [Yid], Rossieny [Rus], Raseinen [Ger], Rosienie [Pol], Rasei?i [Latv], Rasein, Raseyn, Raseinai, Rasseyn, Resein, Rossein, Russian: ????????. ??????-Yiddish. 55°22' N, 23°07' E, 45 miles NW of Kaunas (Kovno), 40 miles SSW of Šiauliai (Shavl), in SE foothills of the Samogitians highland on the banks of the Dubiseh river, 3.1 mi N of the Kaunas-Klaip?da highway. Yizkor: Yahadut Lita (vol. 3) (Tel Aviv, 1967) and Lite (vol. 1) (New York, 1951). Dating from the 13th century and later with a population of 12,000 residents (second only to Kovno) but completion of the Libove-Romner railroad brought the new town of Shavl to prominence. The town was a Haskalah movement center. In 1842, the city had 7,455 inhabitants, the majority of whom were Jews. 1866 population was 10,579, of whom 8,290 were Jewish. 1897 district population (excluding the town) was 221,731, of whom about 17,000 were Jewish. Raseyn, lacking a railroad connection or highway, went downhill until just before WWI. During most of WWI, the German army occupied the town. Its mostly wooden houses, old and small, survived WWI battles fought eighty km from the town. After WWI, streets were paved and wide cement sidewalks and new houses were built. Although prior to 1914, two-thirds of the 6,000 residents were Jewish, afterward, the proportion reversed. The economy thrived during WWI, but returned to minimal afterward causing many to emigrate to America, Mexico, and South Africa. Shoemakers, tailors, carpenters and bricklayers from the Lithuanian villages settled in town leaving egg-exporters, lumber traders, and grain and flax merchants without income. An old-age home of the former Jewish community, a bikur kholim, and a library were created prior to WWI. In 1918, Raseiniai became a district capital of the Republic of Lithuania. By 1926, 2,226 Jews remained in Raseiniai and approximately 2,000 (40%) in 1939. During World War II, Raseiniai was ruined; about 90% of the buildings were destroyed. 254 Jews were murdered on July 29, 1941 in Raseiniai by a detachment of Einsatzkommando 3, assisted by a Lithuanian Kommando group. [March 2009]
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I visited the site of the former Jewish cemetery of Raseiniai on August 3, 1997 with guide Regina Kopilevich. The site, in the yard of a modern apartment building, is marked by a stone tablet on a wall that reads: "On this spot was a Jewish cemetery" in Yiddish and Lithuanian. Source: Eric L. Goldstein, Brooklyn, NY 11201  [1997]
I was there in June 2007, took photographs, and saw a marker on a stone wall next to a apartment complex. Linda Morzillo [July 2007]
Giedrius Cyras Raseyn jewish cemetery and small sign via Lithuania Jewish Cemetery Project [Aug 2015] 
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July 29,  1941 in Raseiniai, Lithuania, the first shooting of Jews and several communists took place. Several hundred Jewish men were shot 5 km from town, in mass graves that had been dug by locals.
Arturas-Andrias, born in 1932, witnessed the shooting and recounted to our team, "Some villagers were ordered to broaden the gravel pits. They were 3 m wide and 50 m length. The group of Jews was stopped on the road, and then 20 persons were brought to the pit. They were beaten with sticks and told to lie down in the pit. Then they were shot. A layer of soil was spread on top and another small group of Jews was brought to the shooting."
Below, Arturas-Andrias visits this execution site with the Yahad team.