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Ziezmariai statue of freedom.jpg
Flag of Žiežmariai

Coat of arms of Žiežmariai

Coat of arms
Žiežmariai is located in Lithuania
Location of Žiežmariai
Coordinates: 54°48′0″N 24°27′0″E / 54.80000°N 24.45000°E / 54.80000; 24.45000
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg
Kaunas County
MunicipalityKaišiadorys district municipality
EldershipŽiežmariai eldership
Capital ofŽiežmariai eldership
First mentioned1348
Granted city rights1501
 • Total3,268
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Žiežmariai (About this soundpronunciation ) (Polish: Żyżmory) is a city in the Kaišiadorys district municipality, Lithuania. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Kaišiadorys.


The Jewish population was important in the town since the 16th century and represented 50% of the total population before World War II. In 1941, hundreds of Jews from the city and from nearby villages of Kaisiadorys and Žasliaisont are murdered in mass executions perpetrated by an einsatzgruppen of Germans and Lithuanians collaborators.[1]

Žiežmariai has a rare, surviving wooden synagogue.[2]

Notable people

  • Danguolė Rasalaitė (1983–2000), victim of sexual slavery
  • Zalman Zezmer, the town's rabbi and deciple of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyadi, the founder of Chabad


  1. ^ "Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania". Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Center for Jewish Art (2004). "Preserved Wooden Synagogues in Lithuania". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved on December 17, 2008.

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