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The Strosiunai Forest

The Strosiunai Forest The Strosiunai Forest Courtesy Uri Chanoch Plan of the Strosiunai Forest murder site Plan of the Strosiunai Forest murder site Courtesy Uri Chanoch

On August 27, 1941 (according to another source, August 28) Jewish men from the Lithuanian towns of Zasliai, Ziezmariai and Kaisiadorys who had been detained for two weeks in a crops warehouse near the Kaisiadorys train station, were placed in trucks and driven to the Strosiunai Forest, three kilometers north of Ziezmariai, near the village of Vladikiskis, where they were shot. The operation was carried out by the German Einsatzkommando 3a unit, commanded by Karl Jaeger with the assistance of the Lithuanian auxiliary police from Kaunas (Kovno). According to Jaeger’s reports, 1,911 Jews were murdered in Kaisiadorys on August 26, 1941.