Yesterday was the 82th anniversary of the annihilation of the Jewish community of Keydan (Kėdainiai). Jews from the city of Keydan and the small towns of Šėta and Žeimiai were murdered at Daukšai village near Keydan in 1941. This mass murder operation targeted 2076 people in total with 710 men, 767 women and 599 children brutally massacred for being born Jewish. The Keydan Jewish community had lived in the area for 300 years before this.
The commemoration ceremony took place at the mass murder site, followed by a presentation at the City of Kėdainiai’s Multicultural Center of Aron Pik’s book Notes from the Valley of the Slaughter. Translator of the book Andrew Cassel also participated, as did Kaunas Jewish Community chairman Gercas Žakas and a representative from Lithuania’s International Commission for Assessing the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Regimes in Lithuania.