Ukmerge, Lithuania


Jewish Community of Ukmerge

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Location: 41 miles NE of Kaunas (Kovno), 45 miles NNW of Vilnius (Vilna)

Searchable Databases & additional information

  1. Find other researchers for your shtetl by searching JGFF Town Search

  2. Search Yad Vashem

  3. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  4. Search the Litvak ALD

  5. Check to see if there is a Yizkor book

  6. Check the Cemetery Database

  7. Litvak Portal

  8. LitvakSIG

  9. Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), XIII, pp. 535-541: "Wiłkomierz".

  10. Shtetl Finder (1980), p. 110: "Vilkomir"

  11. Pinkas HaKehilot, Lithuania (1996), pp. 240-248: "Ukmergė".

  12. Lithuanian Jewish Communities (1991), pp. 335-344: "Vilkomir (Ukmerge)".

  13. Encyclopedia of Jewish Life (2001), p. 1358: "Ukmerge".

  14. Shtetls Holocaust

  15. Holocaust Atlas

Yizkor Books (1):

    1. Pinkas ha-kehilot; entsiklopediya shel ha-yishuvim le-min hivasdam ve-ad le-aher shoat milhemet ha-olam ha-sheniya: Lithuania (Jerusalem, 1996)

  1. JOWBR Landsmanshaft: (12):

    1. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens, USA

    2. Mt. Zion Cemetery, Queens, USA

    3. Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, USA

    4. Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, USA

    5. Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, USA

    6. Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, USA

    7. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens, USA

    8. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens, USA

    9. Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Queens, USA

    10. Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery, Montreal, Canada

    11. Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery, Montreal, Canada

    12. Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery, Montreal, Canada


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Wiesenthal Center

"The Jewish community of Ukmerge is first mentioned in a document of 1685. In the census of 1766, 716 Jews were counted there, and by 1847 their number had risen to 3758, the majority of them engaged in commerce and crafts including tanning.The community of Ukmerge was renowed for its conservatism. M.L. Lienblum lived there during the 1860's and it was there that he began his public career and literary activity. The community continued to develop and by the 1880's the number of Jews reached 10,000. A period of decline followed, however, when the town was bypassed by the railroads which were built at that time.In May 1915 the Jews were expelled from Ukmerge, together with those in Kovno. After the war many Jews returned. A yeshivah ketannah(preparatory yeshivah) was established as well as two secondary schools for Hebrew and Yiddish. R. Joseph Zussmanowitz, born in Palestine and ranked as the most prominent Lithuanian Rabbi, was the last Rabbi in Ukmerge.

With the annexation of Lithuania to the Soviet Union in 1940, religious and nationalist Jewish life was systematically destroyed. A year later, Ukmerge fell into the hands of the Germans.

On September 18,1941, the remaining Jews in Ukmerge, together with those of the neighboring towns, were assembled in the nearby forest and massacred."2


1  Shulman, Abraham:The Old Country,  pp.37,  Charles Scribner's Sons,   New York 1974

Encyclopedia Judaica: Ukmerge (Pol. Wilkomierz; Rus. Vilkomir), Vol.15,pp.1513 Macmillan  1971. Additional Reading:2 The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia: pp. 135  1942.Schoenburg, Nancy and Stuart: Lithuanian Jewish Communities, pp.335-344, Jason Aronson Inc. 1996 Northvale, NJ

  1. 1Encyclopedia Judaica: Lithuania(Lithuanian, Lietuva;Pol.Litwa; Rus.Litva; Heb. L

The original KehilaLink was compiled by Richard A. Winer 30 January 30 1999 

Revised  July 2000  Revised 30 September 2006

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Coordinates: 55°15' N, 24°45' E

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Ukmergė, Lithuania

Ukmergė [Lith], Vilkomir [Yid, Rus], Wiłkomierz [Pol], Wilkomir [Ger], Ukmerģe [Latv], Vilkmergė [Lith, pre-1918], Vilcomiria [Lat], Valkemir, Vilkamir, Okmergie, Ukmergės

Russian: Вилькомир. Yiddish: װילקאָמיר

41 miles NE of Kaunas (Kovno), 45 miles NNW of Vilnius (Vilna).

Lithuanian town name changed from Vilkmergė to Ukmergė in 1918.

Jewish Population: 7,287 (in 1897), 3,885 (in 1923)


Vilkomir, Vilkomir uyezd, Kovno gubernia, Russian Empire


Ukmergė, Ukmergė apskritis, Lithuania


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