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Historical and old photos of Akniste

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Historical and old photos of Akniste

A small historical reference

Akniste - a city in the province Aknistkiy Latvia, located in the south, on the riverbank Dienvidsuseya. In the XIX - early XX century - a place Oknist Novoaleksandrovsk district of Vilna (1842 - Kaunas) province.

History: The town name, Aknīste, was first mentioned in 1298. From the 17th century the settlement was a panhandle of Lithuania and after the partitions of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth part of the Kovno Governorate of the Russian Empire. Since 1918, part of Lithuania, but in the 1921, Lithuania exchanged Aknīste for Palanga.

The settlement was the site of a mass killing of Jewish residents, during the Nazi occupation of the Baltic states. 98% of the approximately 140 Jews in Akniste before July 18, 1941 were killed, mostly by Latvian SS units before the Germans arrived in Akniste.

In 1991, Aknīste was granted the town status.

Population: 1 133

Akniste. Bridge across the river Dienvidsusējai
Bridge across the river Dienvidsusējai
Akniste. Bridge across the river Dienvidsusējai
Bridge across the river Dienvidsusējai
Akniste. Catholic Church
Catholic Church
Akniste. Catholic Church
Catholic Church
Akniste. Gymnasium
Gymnasium
Akniste. Bridge
Bridge
Akniste. Local history museum
Local history museum
Akniste. Secondary school, built in the 1930s
Secondary school, built in the 1930s



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After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.


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