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The town of Krakes (Krok) is located:

62 km NNW of Kaunas;  55 24'/23 44'
GYLA (Guide to YIVO's Landsmannschaft Archive), HSL (Hebrew Subscription Lists),
(JewishGen Family Finder), SF (Shtetl Finder), YL (Yahudut Lita)

From Where Once We Walked. A Guide to the Destroyed Communities of the Holocaust by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack.  Published by Avotaynu, Inc., Teaneck, New Jersey, 1991. Printed by kind permission from the publisher

Maps of Krakes Courtesy of MapQuest & Microsoft Expedia Maps

Karte des Westlichen Russlands, Sheet N-20, 1907, from Library of Congress

1:500,000 by Jāņa Sēta Map Publishers, Riga, Latvia

Shtetl Finder
By Chester G. Cohen, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1989

Pinkas HaKehillot Lita (Encyclopedia of Lithuanian Jewish Communities)
By Dov Levin, Hebrew University, 1996. Translation of Krakes chapter from the Hebrew.

Yidishe Shtet, shtetlekh un dorfishe yishuvim in Lite: biz 1918 (Jewish Cities, Towns and Villages in Lithuania until 1918)
By Berl Kagan, Brooklyn, NY, 1991. Translation of Krakes chapter from the Yiddish.

Yahadut Lita (Lithuanian Jewry), Volumes 3 and 4
The Association of The Lithuanian Jews in Israel, Tel Aviv, 1967 and 1984. Translation of Krakes chapter from the Hebrew.

Are you a Kroker? -- Surnames for Krok from 19th Century Lithuanian Archival Documents

(About the JGFF and its use)
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Lithuanian Archival Holdings
Types of records for Krakes that are available in Lithuania

JewishGen Lithuania Database (for Krakes)

(About the JewishGen Lithuania Database)
Click the button to show all entries for Krakes in the JewishGen Lithuania Database.

1905 Krakes Real Estate List

Krakes Fire Brigade circa 1930

Lithuanian Telephone Directory - 1930
KRAKES (Jewish listings only)

Lithuanian Telephone Directory - 1938
KRAKES (Jewish listings only)

Krakes Jewish Cemetery

Burials in Kroker Benevolent Association plot, New York
Including tombstone pictures

Guide to the YIVO Archives
Compiled and Edited by Fruma Mohrer and Marek Web, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York. Published by M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, NY and London, England, 1998

Thumbnail Picture Library
30 pictures of Krakes, the town today and the mass murder grave site

Harvey Kaplan's Visit to Krakes
Harvey Kaplan visited Krakes in September 2005 and wrote up some brief notes

Rabbi Yehoshua Yosef Preil
Rabbi in Krakes from 1884 to 1896. He was a very interesting person and two of his books, including a volume of his collected essays were just republished in one volume

Krokers in Ellis Island Database (EIDB)

Prenumerantn lists (Hebrew subscription lists)
Names of subscribers to the 19th and early 20th c. Hebrew and Yiddish books that are listed for Krok in Sefer haPrenumerantn by Berl Kagan

Bear Family Excerpts from Krok
Stories documented by Ruth Potash and described by Eva Goldberg, born in Krakes in 1898

A conversation with Uncle Solly Marcus
Born in Krakes in 1907, Solly gives us an insight to his life and times

Jäger Report
This was written by a commander of one of the "Einsatzgruppen" (special task forces) which was in charge of liquidating Jews, communist leaders, partisans and others in the Soviet Union, Lithuania and Latvia. Krakes is listed amongst the shtetls

The Jews of Krakes
For the 50th anniversary of their tragic fate. This data was collected by teachers from Krakes between 1982 and 1989


 Compiled by Ada Green
Updated 12 Feb 2023
Copyright © 2000-2023 Ada Green

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