Rokiskis Property Owners and Renters, 1921


Transcribed by Steven Weiss


A Rokiskis street plan and accompanying list of property owners and renters for 1921 was obtained by Phil Shapiro while on a visit to Rokiskis in 1997.  Each property was assigned a lot number apparently for tax purposes. The original documents are housed in the Tizenhof Museum of Rokiskis: Rokiskio Krasto Muziejus, Tyzenhauzu al. 5, 48200 Lithuania.

(Thanks to the Rokiskis Regional Museum for the use of the map).


The list of names is in handwritten Lithuanian. Some of the names were too difficult to read and have been left out. The street map shows the area surrounding the marketplace in the center of town, which is where most of the Jews of Rakishok lived. Count Jan Pshezdetsky owned one third of the lots. Count Jan Pshezdetsky is described in the Rakishok Yizkor book as a Polish lord who "owned all of Rokiskis" including the famous church which stood across from the marketplace. Persons who were renting from Count Pshezdetsky are indicated with (r). I have not included unoccupied lots owned by the count.

 

The following entry for Rakishok from Pinkas Hakehillot Lita* gives a perspective on what the shtetl looked like in the early 1920’s:

Until the First World War, Rakishok was a county capital in the Novaleksandrovsk (Zarasai) Province. During the German occupation (1915-1918) Rakishok became the provincial capital. When the Germans departed they burnt the railway station. On the 13th of December, 1918, a Soviet government was installed which lasted until June 1919. Even during the period of an independent Lithuania, Rakishok retained its urban rights as well as its status as the provincial capital and continued to flourish. Roads and alleys were paved and sidewalks were completed. The number of houses increased and in 1923 there were 29 streets with a total of 10k., 551 houses (of which 48 were built of stone). There was a power station, three flourmills, a woodcutting mill, a dairy, a factory for starch production, a metalworking factory, a hospital with 65 beds, and two pharmacies. The town boasted ten doctors. In 1918 a progymnasium was established which in 1919 became a full-fledged gymnasium (high school).

*Pp. 646-653 written by Raphael Julius. Ed. Dov Levin published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1996. Translated for the Rokiskis SIG by Haim Pogrund.

 

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NOTE: These documents have been translated from hand-written Lithuanian and the letters are not always clear.

Lot #

Name

Lot #

Name

9

Government

95

M. Milneras (r)

10

Adomas Talachas

96

Leja Gosolociene?

11

J. Levinas

97

Sora Reiza Rebiene

12

Isakus Sarvaras

98

Jankelis Karkas

15

Mendelis Jalowetskias

99

Noehamas Lebuvicas

16

Leiba Lebuchas

100

Riva Sajatoviciene

18

Jonas Rubakas

104

Mikvah (r)

19

N. Rubakas

105

Zalmanas Zametas (r)

20

Jonas Rubakas

106

Israelis Shrobisas

22

Israelis Langas

107

Zelikas Simelovicias

24

Pesachas Ruchas

108

Judelis Portnas

26

Leib Swartas

110

S. Orelovicias (r)

39

Government

111

Calelis Kaplanas

41

C. Rabinovicias (r)

112

Israelis Cindelas

43

Zolumanas Edelsonas

113

Rachmala Icikmanas

44

Zachurmanas Ruchas

114

Sejelis Gulanas

45

Joselis Poplakas

115

Jankelas Girsa Kuras

48

Z. Gurvicias

116

Zelebia Riviene

49

Joselis Meller

117

Mendelis Levinas

50

Abram Meller

118

Mendelis Gaffonivcias

51

Abramas Milleras

119

M. Shusteras (r)

55

Government

120

B. Milleras (r)

60

Teodoras Geras?

121

G. Chmelukas (r)

61

Abramas Mejerovicias

122

Joselis Gornas

62

Leizeris Gurvicias

123

Gisa Kuras

63

Mrs. Kepeloviciene (r)

124

Leja Rosenboviciene (r)

64

Mrs. Pavorineciene

125

Synagogue

66

Mausas Talas

126

Israelis Sniegas (r)

67

Mejeras Jauselis?

128

Penas Kupermanas

68

M. Berka Katcias

129

Leiba Yoselovicias (r)

69

Mejeras Katcias

131

Berka Berelovicias (r)

70

Zacharis Katcias

132

Mendelis Rosenbovicias

71

Mrs. Katciene

133

Chania Nachmoviciene

72

Abaramas Mejervicas

135

Besselis Zametas

73

Nachumas Braumernas

139

Solomanas Vejneras

74

Gendelis Charmatas

142

G. Swarzbergas

75

Jankelis Krokas

143

M. Eidelmanas (r)

76

Mausa Bederas

144

G. Zaugas (r)

78

Grisa Kaplanas (r)

145

B. Baras (r)

79

Girselig Orelovicias (r)

146

Vulfo Lubovicias

80

Mala Sopasnikas

147

Jankelis Jakubsonas

81

Grisa Saperas

148

Joselis Levinas (r)

82

Smulka Vengerianas

149

M. Orelovicias

83

M. Rivas

150

J. Kuras (r)

84

Abramas Rivas

151

Riva Klasiene (r)

85

Dovidas Zilbermanas

152

Pine Chajtovicias

86

Synagogue

153

Mira Gurviciene

87

Synagogue

154

Shmuelis Kuras (r)

88

Synagogue

156

Berka Vengerianas (r)

89

O. Oreloviciene

157

Abramas Shobineras

90

Valfos Krokas

158

Abramas Patas

91

Jaffe Girsas

159

Ele Vaineriene

94

J. Vengrinas (r)

161

Pesachas Ruchas


Note:  Slava Krukas has identified #105, Zalmanas Zalmetas, as her grandfather and #135, Besselis Zametas, as her uncle.
Note:  Samuil Meller identified #49 as Yoselis Meller and #50 as Abram Meller (Abram was his grandfather and Yoselis -Yossel was his great-uncle)
Lots 30-37 and 162-249 were unoccupied at the time the map was drawn up.

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These were scanned in quarters as the original was too large to read easily in one piece.   
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Special thanks to SIG member Ada Gamsu for having these rescanned in a better format.

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