Town photo courtesy of Ette Milner

Mosedis ("Maishad" in Yiddish) is a small town in NW Lithuania.

Before World War II it was home to about 35 Jewish families and about the same number of non-Jewish families.

All but a few of Mosedis' Jews were murdered (The Fate of Jewish Maishad) in the Shoah during the summer of 1941. Like most of the Jews in the Lithuanian countryside, they were killed by armed Lithuanian bands during the first weeks and months of the German occupation. The killings took place in Mosedis and in nearby Skuodos and also in Kretinga. My own relatives - great-grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins - were among the victims. In 2002 I traveled to Lithuania, and then began this effort to memorialize my "disappeared" family along with their lost community.

The purpose of this project and website is to make available the names, pictures, and evidences of Jewish Mosedis. A database of names and photos has been compiled. Please click on any of the three big buttons (on the right) to enter the database. A primary source list, compiled in 1945, can be viewed by clicking here. And you may wish to read another brief description of the website below.

We welcome and encourage any input that might enrich this website. (Click on the "contact" link to send an email.)

Thank you.

Navigating this website:

The website contains photos, names lists, and individual pages. All are related by a single database. Each individual in the database has a dedicated page, the "individual page." The individual pages are accessed either through the photos (by clicking on a person in the photo) or the lists (by clicking on a name in the list).

Note that some people in the photos do not link to an individual page. These people have not been identified.

The website is being improved and augmented from time to time. For example, all of the photos will eventually contain links that identify the known people. Suggestions are also welcome.

The information herein is, by its nature, incomplete and imperfect. I have compiled and judged the facts to the best of my ability and I take responsibility for any errors. The sources for all of the information are shown on the individual pages. If you seek more detailed information, I am happy to provide it.

Copyright Neil Gitkind 2004,2006,2008,2009 - Last updated: February, 2009

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