dimanche 24 mai 2009


The council of the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LJC) has decided to organize a third World Litvak Congress in August 2009, as a natural continuation of the first (2001) and second (2004) world congresses.
The most important task of the Third World Litvak Congress is to develop and strengthen contact between Litvakes in the diaspora (Lithuania's Jewish emigrants and their descendants) and the Jews who live in Lithuania
More information can be found here http://www.litjews.org/Default.aspx?Element=ViewArticle&ArticleID=1673&TopicID=2&Lang=EN

I am going to Lituania in july, maybe I should go back in august ...

some pictures of Lituanian synagogues & of Skuodas

Here is a website with pictures of the jewish life of skuodas :
and another one with pictures of synagogues :

wooden synagogue of Vilkaviskis

In Vilkaviskis in 1941 lived around 3,500 Jewish men, women and children. Of these 3400 where murdered during the months of July to November 1941. Only 950 have any memorial - 2,450 Jewish men, women and children died and have no known memorial - they died without a trace !

jeudi 21 mai 2009

The incredible Jewish Gen Database

If you are looking for your jewish family history you can find a huge amount of information on the jewish gen web site. For example with the lithuanian databases, http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/#Lithuania, I found a list of "David"s paying tax in lithuania and I got some amazing information like : names, surnames, spouses, profession, age, but also the kind of house they had or some funny commentaries like :

- DAVID, Wulf , in 1855, Owners of large properties/qualified to vote, petit bourgeois
- DAVID, Movsha, in 1846 was a medium rich town dwellers

try it...

some pictures of my litvak ancestors

The Family House in Skuodas

My grand grand father on the right, probably next to my grand grand mother.

A jewish wedding

An happy family

Short introduction to the purpose of this blog

My name is Sophie Davidas. I am french, lives in Paris but my grand father, Naftali Eliahou David, was born in Lituania in 1910. My family is a jewish family from lituania, traditionaly called a litvak family.
For the first time, my father Jean-Paul Davidas (son of Naftali Eliahou, born in France during the war) and myself will be traveling to Lithuania in July 2009, and I have got two month to find as much information as possible about the jewish life before the war in Lithuania.
I am looking for history, books, web sites, pictures, other litvaks around the world, anything that can help understanding what was the life of my family there.
This blog is the story of this search.