In March 2017, the historian at the Rokiškis Regional Museum (“RKM” or “museum”), Giedrius Kujelis, asked if Remembering Litvaks could assist the museum in its efforts to have the Lithuanian government recognize, mark, and protect two locations in the Rokiškis area where Jews were tortured, robbed, and murdered by pro-Nazi Lithuanian partisans in the summer of 1941.

The first site, known as “Trakas,” is a wooded location just off of the road between Kamai / Kamajai and Rokiškis, where 28 Jews from the town of Svėdasai were killed.

The second site, known as “Olkin-Jofe,” is near the village of Kavoliškis, on the road from Panemunėlis to Rokiškis.  Remembering Litvaks has provided several types of assistance, including funds for additional research and sponsoring an international, inter-disciplinary archeology team that investigated the two sites in July 2018.

A report from that investigation – which confirmed the locations of the victims – has been submitted to the Lithuanian government.

Lithuanian-language report

English-language report, Part I and Part II [link “Part II” to MO-62]

Background

Rokiškis Regional Museum’s Efforts To Gather Available Historical Facts

2018 Research By Professor Richard Freund’s International Archeology Team

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Certificates of Appreciation Presented By the Rokiškis Regional Museum to, from left to right, Professors Philip Reeder (Duquesne University), Harry Jol (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire), Susan Cardillo (University of Hartford), Richard Freund (University of Hartford), and Romas Jarockis (Vilnius Academy of the Arts).