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Mother of Pirčiupiai

Pirčiupiai is a small village in Dzūkija with population of 103. The village has been known since the 16th century, when Grand Dukes of Lithuania used it as grounds for hunting. On June 3, 1944 a group of Nazi Germans were attacked by pro-Soviet partisans in a nearby forest. The Germans sent a punishment squadron and burned almost all inhabitants of Pirčiupiai. On that day 119 people (including 49 children under the age of 16) were killed and only 13 escaped from the Pirčiupiai massacre. The bodies were allowed to be buried only after a week on June 11, 1944. A monument, called "Mother of Pirčiupiai", was erected in 1960 to commemorate this historical fact.

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