• Memorial Stones in the Forests of Pajuostė and Žalioji giria
The Pajuostė and Žalioji forests are located near Panevėžys, the largest city in northern Lithuania. Upon orders of the SS, mass shootings of Jews took place here between the summer of 1941 and 1944.
Survivors from the Jewish community set up memorial stones at the two sites of mass shootings soon after the end of the war.
Image: Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial stone during a commemoration ceremony, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial stone during a commemoration ceremony, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
At the beginning of the Second World War, Panevėžys was home to the second largest Jewish community in Lithuania. After the Soviet occupation of the country in 1940, the new authorities introduced drastic restrictions to Jewish life in Panevėžys.
A few days after German units marched into Panevėžys on 26 June 1941, the SS issued an order to establish a ghetto. Up to 8,000 people were crammed into the small area of the ghetto.
Already on August 27, 1941, the ghetto was dissolved. Almost all of its residents were shot by the German-Lithuanian SS »Rollkommando Hamann« (SS raiding squad) in the forests of Pajuostė and Žalioji giria.
Image: Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial stone during a commemoration ceremony, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial stone during a commemoration ceremony, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
Between 1941 and 1944, members of the SS and Lithuanian helpers murdered close to 13,500 Jews at the shooting sites in the forests of Pajuostė and Žalioji giria. Around 9,000 people perished in the mass shootings in the forest of Pajuostė, around 4,500 in the forest of Žalioji giria. According to SS reports, »Rollkommando Hamann« shot 8,745 Jews in July and August 1941 alone.
Image: Pajuostė, 1941, Members of the Lithuanian militia force Jewish women to undress before they are shot, USHMM
Pajuostė, 1941, Members of the Lithuanian militia force Jewish women to undress before they are shot, USHMM

Image: Pajuostė, 1946, Shortly after the dedication of the memorial stone, the Jewish community honours the memory of the victims, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
Pajuostė, 1946, Shortly after the dedication of the memorial stone, the Jewish community honours the memory of the victims, Panevėžio žydų bendruomenė
The two granite memorials were set up shortly after the end of the war.
Image: Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial at the site of shootings, Genadiy Kofman
Pajuostė, 1994, The memorial at the site of shootings, Genadiy Kofman

Image: Žalioji giria, 2008, The memorial at the site of mass shootings, Genadiy Kofman
Žalioji giria, 2008, The memorial at the site of mass shootings, Genadiy Kofman
Name
Žydų žudynių vietos ir kapai Pajuostės ir Žaliosios giriose
Phone
+370 (8) 454 352 95
E-Mail
genavta@yahoo.com
Open
The memorial stones are accessible at all times.