Želva (Polish: Pozelwa) is a town in Ukmergė district municipality, Vilnius County, east Lithuania. According to the Lithuanian census of 2011, the town has a population of 457 people.[1]

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Želva is located in Lithuania
Location in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°13′08″N 25°05′49″E / 55.21889°N 25.09694°E / 55.21889; 25.09694Coordinates: 55°13′08″N 25°05′49″E / 55.21889°N 25.09694°E / 55.21889; 25.09694
Country Lithuania
CountyVilnius County flag.svg Vilnius County
MunicipalityUkmergė district municipality
EldershipŽelva eldership
 • Total457
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


The town has a Catholic church and a synagogue. Želva is the birthplace of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Aaron Klug.[2]

On July 26 and 27, 1941, the Jews of the town were murdered in a mass execution perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen and local Lithuanian collaborators. 60 people were killed.[3]

See alsoEdit

  • Pazelva, former village near Želva


  1. ^ "2011 census". Statistikos Departamentas (Lithuania). Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Papers of Sir Aaron Klug". Churchill Archives Centre. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  3. ^ "Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania". www.holocaustatlas.lt. Retrieved 2020-10-03.