Liskiava Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Alytus County
Site address
The cemetery is located on Dominyko g. Street. To reach it, proceed 530 metres from the intersection of Dominyko g. Street and Svietimo Street. The cemetery can be found in the woods to the right of the road.
GPS coordinates
54.08528, 24.05664
Perimeter length
500 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. There is some seasonal vegetation growth on the site.
Number of existing gravestones
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Given the oldest preserved tombstone dates to 1900, it can be inferred the cemetery was founded no later than the early 20th century.

Jews first settled in Liškiava (Pl. Liszkowo, Yid. לישקעוו) in the early 18th century on the invitation of Dominican monks, who wanted to develop the settlement. In 1761, Jews owned 11 houses out of 16. The Jewish population grew to 90 in 1819 and to 170 in 1821. In 1897, about a third of the village’s 613 residents were Jewish. According to the first census of the Independent Lithuanian state, there were 146 Jews in Liškiava, or 36% of the total population, in 1923. About 10 Jewish families remained in the village at the time of the Soviet occupation in 1940. After the German invasion, the Jews of Liškiava were taken to Merkinė and murdered there.

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