Uzpaliai, Lithuania


Uzpaliai, known to our ancestors as Ushpol, is a small village in the northeastern corner of modern-day Lithuania. Its one of those towns that you would barely notice as you passed through. But it was once home to several hundred Jewish people, my family among them.   I hope to provide some information about Ushpol, so that the Ushpol that once was, might exist again, at least in our memories.

If you have any comments or materials to share, please contact me.



 (photograph courtesy of Linda Cantor)

 (photograph courtesy of Ruth Stern)

 



References and Research                                


Please note: The spelling of names and town names are copied exactly as they appear in each source
 
Archival Records - Click here to see samples of the archival records that are available for Uzpaliai  
1858 Revision List
1874 Revision List
Latvian Vital Records 
Latvian 1897 All Russian Census  

Cemetery Information - See photos and information about the Jewish cemetery in Uzpaliai as well as the Ushpoler Benevolent Society plot at Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island, NY 
 
HSL - Hebrew Subscription Lists by Berl Kagan, New York:   Ktav Publishing, 1975
 
JGFF - JewishGen Family Finder
 
Memoirs of Yakov Kopelansky Memoirs of Yakov Kopelansky - Read Yakov's fascinating description of life in Uzpaliai  
 
1930 Lithuanian Telephone Book                  
 

Ushpoler Benevolent Association of New York  including burials at Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Staten Island, NY and Incorporation Papers  

 
Uzpaliai in print - Eastern Lithuanian Towns and Villages by Algimantas Miskinis, translated for us by Vitalijus Karalius   
 

Where Once We Walked by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack.  Teaneck, NJ:  Avotaynu, Inc., 1991. 
Uzpaliai, Lith.  (Oshpol, Uschpol, Uzpalis); pop. 551; 114 km. N of Vilnius; 55° 39' /25° 35'

YIVO - Documents from YIVO's Record Group 2, Collection of Lithuanian Jewish Communities.
 
YL - Yahudit Lita by R. Hasman, D.Lipec, et al. Tel Aviv: 1967

Uzpaliai in History 

Uzpaliai in the Holocaust   

Holocaust Victims  Names of almost 300 victims of the Holocaust in Uzpaliai  

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, Editor in Chief Shmuel Spector, Consulting Editor Geoffrey Wigoder, New York University Press, New York, 2001.

Lithuanian Jewish Communities  by Nancy Schaumburg and Stuart Schoenburg. New York: Garland Publishing, 1991

Utena Encyclopedia


Uzpaliai in Photographs  

  to see wonderful photographs of Uzpaliai, current as well as old (including family photos and cemetery information) 
Family Albums

Cemetery Photos


statue.jpg

 

 

This statue is in the middle of town, with the church on one side and the town hall on the other.  The statue is dedicated to a Lithuanian hero.  

When the Russians captured Lithuania they destroyed and removed anything related to Lithuanian nationalism.  In an attempt to save the statue the townsfolk asked Meir Yitzchak Shapiro, a great uncle of Arky Berkal, if he would store the statue in his store.  He did and eventually the statue was restored to its place of honor.

 

(Photo courtesy of Arky Berkal)

Maps of Uzpaliai                

Map Quest - View location via MapQuest



Maps.lt - Digital Map of Uzpaliai, showing all the streets and building locations of modern Uzpaliai.  Select "cities and villages," then type in Uzpaliai and, finally, select 'map' for a street map or 'ortophoto' for a satellite view.

    
Click here to see some of those views.  

Links to related genealogical sites

KehilaLinks page for Kupiskis                 KehilaLinks page for Rokiskis, Lithuania          JewishGen

Yizkor Book for Dusetos (with some interesting photos of Uzpaliai)

JewishGen KehilaLinks Page            LitvagSig Home page                  JewishGen Lithuania Database


Last revised:  May 6, 2014
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