Aug 18 - Varnai

Varnai has a different culture and language from Lithuania they are culturally Samogitian people.

It’s a beautiful well cared for town. They are proud of their heritage and have a clean town and beautiful wooden church.

Unfortunately, the synagogue is gone.

The Nazis took a local church and turned it into concentration / labor camp. It is all so bewildering.

Telshai was were all the local Jews were taken for slaughter.

The Jewish cemetery is very well taken care of by the town. It’s one of the best we have seen.

Maybe I’ll be able to identify some Kats ancestors. Celia Shenker’s maternal grandparents are from Varnia. It’s about 200 km from Linkova. It looks like some relatives moved back to Varnia after Linkova burned in 1902.