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During the 1st World War the entire Jewish population of western Lithuania was expelled by the Russian authorities in May 1915 and forced to move eastwards; because the Russians thought the Jewish population might support the German army that was advancing through Lithuania. However, there are conflicting reports as to whether the Russian proclamation affected Vorne, or whether Vorne had already fallen into German hands at the time of the proclamation. 

In the Chapter on Vorne in Preserving Our Litvak Heritage by Josef Rosin the author suggests that Vorne was occupied by the Germans relatively early in the War, which suggests the Russian proclamation would not have affected the Jewish population of Vorne. However, although Josef Rosin's work is a remarkable achievement, covering the entire history of dozens of Jewish communities, there are known to be inaccuracies as it would not have been possible for the author to have verified every fact. 

In Dan Jacobson book, "Heshel's Kingdom"  the author describes being told by his aunt, who was a child in Vorne during WW1, that the entire Jewish population of Vorne had to leave (causing much hardship). As his aunt was giving a first hand account this is most likely to be correct.



Compiled by Paul Seftel
(paul.j.seftel@gmail.com) from 2015


Copyright 2016 Paul Seftel

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