Leipalingis(Lith) Sejny uyezd,
Suwalki gubernia, Latitude: 54º14' Longitude: 23º31', now in Lithuania
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In June 2005, Carol Hoffman and I spent 5 days in the vicinity of Kopcheve (Kapciamiestis), Lithuania. Having made our base at Druskininki , we travelled each day to Kopcheve via Leypuny. We stopped for lunch there on a couple of occasions and took a few photographs. From research we had conducted on our families , we were aware that Leypuny was a nearby shtetl and that the vital records for the Jewish residents were located in the same files and archives as for Kopcheve. We also knew that some of the Kopcheve families had ties to people in Leypuny.
When we visited the museum in Kopcheve which is housed at the local school, we saw a photocopy of a photograph which required further investigation. It came from the small ethnographic museum in Leipalingus and for some reason then unknown to me, it became important to visit to that museum and try to obtain a copy. We secured a copy of the original which had an inscription on the back on the back which when translated told us that the two couples were from Kapciamiestis and were relatives of the fifth person in the photograph, Yershanksi. It was one of those strange moments when a major discovery has been made....for the man on the far right was my great uncle, Leib Kopciowski and the other man is Dov Leib Chazanowski. Neither survived the holocaust. My great uncle Leib was sent to Dachau and then to Aushwitz in 1944 and Dov Leib Chazanowski , his wife and children were never heard from again after the Shoah.
Please contact me if you have any information you would like to add to this page. Old photographs of the town or its inhabitants would be very welcome. Contact: Dorothy Leivers