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Kaunas - Vilijampole

by yashad

My maternal grandfather and his entire family primarily lived on Mesininku gatve in Slobodka (Vilijampole), and were butchers for at least three generations.

The Butchers Kloyz (Synagogue) was located on the corner of Ariogalos gatve and Linkuvos gatve, where the Kovno Ghetto Memorial is located. This building address is either Ariogalos 20/21 or Linkuvos 20/21, and a wooden house is still there. What is the distance and proximity between this memorial and this house address?

My great-great grandfather lived on Ariogalos gatve 74a, and his son lived nearby on Kokliu gatve 9. Other relatives also lived nearby on Ariogalos 97 and Veliuonos 19. Moreover, there was also a synagogue on Veliuonos gatve 29, and this building still exists.

What were the street addresses of the Old and New Beis-Medrash and the Old Great Synagogue in Slobodka/Vilijampole?

Lastly, behind Mesininku gatve, directly in the middle of this street, is Plateliu gatve (Sinagoga Gas). I was informed by a fellow researcher that this little street/alley had synagogues (kloyzn and shtiblech), prayer-houses and small yeshivos (not to be confused with the much larger and famous Slobodka Yeshiva on Paneriu gatve 9).

Can anyone provide historical information, as well as photographs and images, of these streets and addresses?

Re: Kaunas - Vilijampole

by leics

I don't know if this will be helpful but I have quite a lot of photos of Vilijampole on my Kaunas page in a travelogue, and of the Kovno ghetto memorial and other Vilijampole memorials in my Kaunas off-the-beaten-path tips:


Re: Kaunas - Vilijampole

by Beausoleil

Try typing the addresses into http://www.googlemaps.com and doing a street view. You should be able to see the houses if they've been mapped.

Good luck.

Re: Kaunas - Vilijampole

by leics

Vilijampole is mapped on googlemaps but not, I think, at streetview level (I couldn't get it to work anyway). Individual buildings are not shown.

Ariogalos Gatve is about 5/10 minutes walk from the ghetto memorial. Linkuvos Gatve is further away, perhaps 15/20 minutes.

Travel Tips for Kaunas

Atsiprasau, kur yra tual etas?'

by SapineKuu

For those who believe the true measure of civilisation is the condition of public toilets (you know who you are) rest assured Kaunas is likely to meet with your approval. There are facilities adjacent to the Town Hall Square usefully located next door to the Tourist Information Office. For a small fee a slightly fearsome woman will let you use them. Please note that payment does not buy her soul and service with a smile is unlikely to be forthcoming.

Internet access in the OLD TOWN

by indre_dee

The biggest and friendliest one in town. So while keeping in touch with the buddies back home youcan also eat dainty cakes and drink beer and other light refreshments. Open 24 hours.

Address: Vilniaus 24

Perkunas House

by bugulma

The most original gothic house in Kaunas (guidebook says that it is most original in all Lithuania), was built in the late XV century. In XVI century the house was sold to Jesuits who built a chapel here in 1643. In XIX century the house was restorated and used as museum and theater and was named as Perkunas' House (Perkunas is baltic nations' God of thunder). The house is situated not far from Ratusa Square, on Aleksoto Street.

Wedding Ceremonies


When wandering around Kaunas on a summer weekend you will probably see quite a few young couples getting married in one of the lovely churches or the Town Hall (Rotuse).

We saw at least 4 weddings on a Saturday in August 2006.

It looks like it is quite popular to hire a fancy limousine or a horse carriage for this event.

Real Soviet truck!

by matcrazy1

I found this automobile, on my picture, right in the downtown/centre of Kaunas at Town Hall Square (Rotuses aikste). It worked as garbage truck/dustcart in the evening.

Well, it was not so easy to find original post-Soviet trucks in Lithuania. This one on my picture was called ZIL. The name derived from Russian name "Zavod Imeni Likhocheva" (Likhachov Factory) that was an automobile factory, which manufactured armored cars for most Soviet leaders, as well as trucks, buses and tanks.

I remember them from Poland but there are not more used for many years as they consumed unbelievable amount of gas/petrol and simply they were not modern (produced since 50').


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