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The Antanase Forest

Monument at the Antanase Forest murder site Monument at the Antanase Forest murder site YVA, Photo Collection 4043

On August 25, 1941, Jewish women as well as children under the age of eight, who previously had been driven out of Rokiskis to the village of Antanase, were taken to pits in the Antanase Forest, along with Jews from the Lithuanian towns of Obeliai, Pandelis, Panemunelis, Suvainiskis and Kamajai. There they were all shot. Karl Jaeger, head of Einsatzkommando 3a that carried out the execution, reported that a total of 1,160 Jews – 112 men, 627 women and 421 children – were killed in the vicinity of Obeliai that day.