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Kausenai

The Kausenai murder site The Kausenai murder site Courtesy The Center for Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

On July 13, 1941, the entire Jewish population of Plunge, which had been incarcerated for two weeks in the local synagogue, was driven by truck and by foot to six pits (dug in advance by a group of Jewish men) in the forest near the village of Kausenai, four kilometers north of Plunge.
The first group taken to the forest comprised of sixty men. They were shot at by their guards while marching past a textile factory. Forty men were killed. The others were driven by truck to the pits, where they were forced to undress and were then shot. The murder operation, carried out by local Lithuanians, lasted for two days. According to Soviet reports, altogether 1,800 Jews were murdered.