In the summer of 2018, four college students traveled to Lithuania in order to use ground penetrating radar at various Holocaust sites all around the country. Check out the geographical research conducted by students and faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Read about the results collected at our most prominent sites, meet the researchers, and learn about the Lithuanian Holocaust – all right here!
In the small town of Šeduva, toward the end of our time in Lithuania, a quaint parking lot now sits atop the former location of an old synagogue. Using a 500 mHz antennae at quarter-meter intervals, we shot an 18×32 meter grid across the lot. For the final three meters, topography was taken on 1×1 … Continue reading Šeduva
Not far from the current Rokiškis Manor is the known location of the former manor. Over the years, this old manor has changed, expanded, and fallen into disuse. Around the old manor grounds, there is a potential for more structures to be present. Our team used GPR at 500 mHz on two different grids at … Continue reading Rokiškis Manor
In the town of Panemunėlis sits Saint Joseph’s Church, where the journal of Matilda Olkin was discovered hidden beneath the alter. Before being led to their execution, the Olkin family trusted their possessions to a Catholic priest, who hid the diary there for safekeeping. In an effort determine whether or not there might be more … Continue reading St. Joseph’s Church
The Olkin-Jofe site is located just outside the town of Rokiškis, just inside a dense forest, lining the edge of a wheat field roughly 65 to 75 meters beyond a backroad. According to witnesses, the bodies of Matilda Olkin, her family, and the Jofe family were buried at this site after being killed by Lithuanian … Continue reading Olkin-Jofe