Molėtai (pronunciation (help·info)) (Polish: Malaty) is a town in north eastern Lithuania surrounded by lakes. One of the oldest settlements in Lithuania, it is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Vilnius. According to the 2013 census, it had 6,302 inhabitants.
|Municipality||Molėtai district municipality|
|Capital of||Molėtai district municipality|
|First mentioned||1387 Feb. 17|
|Granted city rights||1539|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
The town is located about 60 km (37 mi) north of Vilnius and 30 km (19 mi) south of Utena.
It was first mentioned as a private property of the bishop of Vilnius in year 1387.
On August 29, 1941, 700 to 1,200 Jews were murdered in a mass execution perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen of Lithuanian nationalists. The victims of the massacre were commemorated in a march to the site, and a memorial was unveiled there, on the 75th anniversary, in 2016.
- Jogaila (17 Feb 1387). "F6-1. Lenkijos karaliaus ir Lietuvos didžiojo kunigaikščio Jogailos privilegija Vilniaus katedrai" (in Latin). Vilnius, Lithuania. Retrieved 11 Sep 2013.
- Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania: Mass Murder of the Jews of Molėtai Accessed 26 April 2017
- The Road to Death (75th Anniversary of the Murder of the Jews of Molėtai) at lzb.lt Accessed 26 April 2017
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- Molėtai tourist information centre (Places of interest)
- Virtual Tour of Molėtai
- (in Lithuanian) Town's homepage
- The murder of the Jews of Molėtai during World War II, at Yad Vashem website.
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