Sejny is located in
The area comprising the Suwalki gubernia, of which Sejny is a part, changed
hands many times during the last several hundred years. The gubernia was almost
entirely included in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania until 1386, when it was
According to the Yizkor Buch Suvalk, there are records of Sejny as early as 1522 when King Sigmund gave the forest to Jan Wishnevski who established Seiner Manor. By the Swedish War it was a town with municipal rights. There were over 200 stone buildings and a printing press in the town in 1797.
To encourage commercial activity, the Dominican Order helped the Jews build a synagogue in 1768, although records and monuments indicate Jews had been present in the town for many years before that. In 1885 a beautiful synagogue was built at the cost of 12,000 rubles. (The synagogue still exists today as a museum of the Borderland Foundation.)
Sejny was an important cultural and economic center. The Lomza Lyceum had
moved to the town in 1808. In 1835 there was a high school with seven classes
and a public school. After the railroad from
In 1797 the population was 516. By 1897 the town had grown to a population of 3,778, about half of which was Jewish.
Economically the Jewish population was engaged in trade and commerce. Surprisingly, there was a major involvement in agriculture. There were a significant number of Jewish landowners around Sejny. According to the yiskor book Jewish landowners numbered 196 out of 1200.
On September 1, 1939 Hitler invaded
Yiskor Buch Suvalk; Landsman, publication of the Suwalki-Lomza special interest group.
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There is no yiskor book for Sejny, but information about the town is contained in the books for Suwalki.
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by Benjamin M. Eisenstein
Updated by BME May, 2005
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