Gargzdai (Gorzd), Lithuania

Gorzd in the 1930's
Photograph courtesy of George Birman


Name Language Name in Native Alphabet
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Gargzdai Lithuanian Garg˛dai
Gorzd; Gorsd; Gorzhd  Yiddish גארזד
Gorzhdy Russian Горжды (traditional)

Garsden German Garsden
Gorzdy Polish Gorżdy

View GARGZDAI via (Latitude 55°43´, Longitude 21°24´)


Andrees Handatlas (1881) Andrees Handatlas (1893)


Town Plan by George Birman

Photographs of George Birman

Item 8(1)

Ruins of new masonry Beit Midrash

Item 8(2)

Item 8(3)

Entrance road to NE killing site for women and children (road heading to left)

camera view looks SW towards Vezaiciai       
Item 8(4)

Bluff at west side of Jewish cemetery
Item 8(5)

view from east side of Minija River

Camera view looks west across river, towards large palace of former noble estate, at north end of estate lands
Item 8(6)

NE site of killing of women and children
Item 8(7)

Palace of former noble estate, at north end of estate lands
Item 8(8)

Gravestone in Jewish Cemetery

            The top row of Album 2, 1944-1946, Item 9 shows the following:

Item 9(1)

View from site of Olshwanger home, where Mr. Birman
had previously lived, looking east towards town center.

Location of the home is shown on Mr. Birman's town diagram.
Item 9(2)

View from south end of Men's killing site, looking north
Item 9(3)

Remnants of Olschwanger home       
Item 9(4)

Jewish Cemetery showing wartime destruction

(same picture as on the present website)


            For explanation of how these sites were identified above, see:          

            Item 8(1) is the only known ground level photo of the new masonry Beit Midrash. Items 8(6) and 9(2) are pictures of the killing sites, before construction of any memorials. These are the earliest known ground level photos of these sites.

            It is difficult to imagine the emotions Mr. Birman must have felt on this visit.


Photographs - 2001

Aerial Photographs

Buildings of the Jewish Community


Books on JewishGen

Telephone Books, 1940 - 1925    

Newspaper Articles

Memories of Gorzd


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