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Commemoration of Jewish Victims

On October 16, 1964, at the initiative of local Jews, two monuments were erected at the site of the mass graves in the Strosiunai Forest. On the plaque of the men’s monument, along with a Star of David, is the following inscription: “In this place, on August 28, 1941, the Nazi murderers and their local collaborators cruelly tortured and buried alive 2,200 Jews from Kaisiadorys, Žiežmariai and Žasliai.” The second monument featured the same inscription, specifying that the mass grave held 1,800 Jewish women and children.
In 1991, the mass graves were fenced in and three wooden carvings made of oak, designed by the Lithuanian sculptor Vidmantas Kapaciunas from Žiežmariai and entitled “Pain,” were placed at the site. In 2004, the plaque on the monument was torn off and the wooden carvings damaged.

Jews at the Strosiunai Forest murder site during a commemoration ceremony, 1964
Plaque at the Strosiunai murder site inscribed in Lithuanian: 'In this place, on August 28, 1941, the Nazi murderers and their local collaborators cruelly tortured and buried alive 2,200 Jews from Kaisiadorys, Žiežmariai and Žasliai'
Monument commemorating the Jewish men murdered in the Strosiunai Forest
Jews at the Strosiunai Forest murder site during a commemoration ceremony, 1964
YVA, Photo Collection 4620/1873
Plaque at the Strosiunai murder site inscribed in Lithuanian: “In this place, on August 28, 1941, the Nazi murderers and their local collaborators cruelly tortured and buried alive 2,200 Jews from Kaisiadorys, Žiežmariai and Žasliai.”
YVA, Photo Collection 230BO5
Monument commemorating the Jewish men murdered in the Strosiunai Forest
Courtesy Uri Chanoch
“Pain” – wooden figures designed by Lithuanian sculptor Vidmantas Kapaciunas from Žiežmariai and erected near the monument commemorating the Jewish women and children murdered in the Strosiunai Forest
Damaged wooden carvings at the Strosiunai Forest murder site Jews near the Semeliskes murder site during a commemoration ceremony
“Pain” – wooden figures designed by Lithuanian sculptor Vidmantas Kapaciunas from Žiežmariai and erected near the monument commemorating the Jewish women and children murdered in the Strosiunai Forest
Courtesy Uri Chanoch
Damaged wooden carvings at the Strosiunai Forest murder site
Courtesy Uri Chanoch
Jews near the Semeliskes murder site during a commemoration ceremony
YVA, Photo Collection 2948/2