Memorials for Lithuania Shtetls in Cholon, Israel
While walking through the Jewish Cemetery in Cholon, Israel, one can see memorial after memorial to the many Jewish shtetls that were flourishing all over Europe before the Shoah. Among the towns of “Litvakia” for which memorials were erected in Cholon are the shtetls of ANIKST (Anykš?iai, Lithuania), DISNA (Belarus), KALVARIJA, Lithuania, OSHMINA (Ashmyany, Belarus), PLUNGIAN (PLUNG?), Lithuania, and VORANAVA (Belarus).
ANIKST (Anykš?iai, Lithuania)
To the Memory of the Holy Ones of the Community of ANIKST Lithuania
Who were killed in the Shoah – 1941 May the Lord revenge their blood
[Gal Aid, or a heap of stones as witness, may be a reference to Genesis 31:44-52, especially Vayetze, Perek Lamed-Aleph, Pasook Nun-Bet. “This heap be witness, and the pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.”]
OSHMINA (Ashmyany, Belarus)
PLUNGIAN (PLUNG?), Lithuania
In Memory of The Holy Ones of the Community of Plungian Lita.
To perpetuate the memories Of the holy ones of Plungian Who were slaughtered by the Nazis and their murderous Lithuanian helpers and in memory of the inhabitants of the town who fell in the war against the Nazis.