Relationship Family/ Pre-Marriage Name First Name Father’s Name Mother’s Name Occupation or Nickname Place of birth/ Residence Age or birth date Place and date of death
Widower Davidov David Haberdashery and public figure Shkud 75 Shkud, July 1941
Son Davidov Shloime David Shkud, Sauliai 38 Sauliai ghetto
Wife Davidov Housewife Shkud, Sauliai 35 Sauliai ghetto

According to Hana Shaf-Brener, David Davidov, 75, a widower and public figure, ran a haberdashery. He had a married son, Shloime, 38, who lived in (or was visiting) Sauliai before war broke out. For photos and more detailed information about the Davidov family, see below, and also here and here.

Jewish Gen’s Lithuania Marriages database records the marriage of Dovid Vulf Davidas, born 1881 to Zisel and Eide Hene of Skuodas, to Malka Kristal, 43, daughter of Urel and Tsire of Tryskai. The marriage took place in Kaunas March 25, 1937. This appears to have been a late second marriage, not recorded by Shaf-Brener.

Jewish Gen’s Lithuania Tax and Voters Lists database records that Pesa Malke David, daughter of Shlioma, traded in writing-paper and haberdashery in 1914. The same database indicates that in 1912, Naftoliy Eliya David, son of David Wulf, age 2, had five rubles in a postal savings back account, “money deposited by father DAVID David Wulf son of Zisel.”

A descendant of the Davidov family notes that the Shkud family actually referred to itself as David, not Davidov, and the descendants in France use the name Davidas. She provides the following genealogical information:

David Zeev Wulf David, born 1880, a tradesman, was the son of Zisel David. David Wulf’s sister, Mere Elle, was born 1887. David Wulf married Pesa Malke, a haberdasher. Pesa Malke died age 50 on November 16, 1935. David and Pesa’s children were Shloyme Yehuda and Naftali Elyahou, born 15 November 1910 in Kelme. Naftali emigrated to France before the Holocaust and married Viviane. Naftali and Viviane had children and grandchildren. See here for photos and more information about the Davidov family.

Jewish Gen’s Yizkor Book Necrology Database records David Davidov.

According to Kehilat Shkud, David Davidov ran a printing company (52), which “provided printed matter, such as wedding invitations, advertisements, etc.” (13). David David’s bookshop [printshop?] is mentioned in “Jews in the Memory of Skuodas People” p. 1 (see link this page).

David Davidov was not only a successful businessman, but he was also a prominent community leader. He was the chairman of the General Zionists party (Kehilat Shkud 23), whose membership included “the well-to-do and the merchants” (54). He was also active in the Jewish National Fund, a charity organization (16, 53):

15IsraelNationalFundKKL activists in Shkud after the parade on the 25th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Herzl z”l: Bottom row, right to left: Shmuel Axelrod, Pesach Bob (now in South Africa), Eliezer Eisen.
Second row: Feivel Neiman, Yentel Savel-Vrotnitzki, Tzvi Yoselevitz, David Davidov, Rachel Savel-Elkes, Yitzhak Cohen.
Third row: Meir Hovsha, Ester Terushkin Rosen (now in Israel), Chaim Natanson (now in Israel), Yeshayahu Yudelman (now in South Africa), Chaya Sheindling Mevezis (now in Israel), Alexander Pinta (now in Israel), Mina Cohen, Gershon Faktor (now in Israel), Mordechai Shlez, Itta Yankelovitz, Meir Taitz (now in Israel), Israel Tenor (Photo Kehilat Shkud 15)

16 Farewell PartyA farewell party for the wedding of Israel National Fund member Rachel Savel in Shkud, 27 Iyar, 5690 [May 25, 1930]. Bottom row (right to left):Israel Tenor, Miriam Savel, Meir Taitz (now in Israel). Second row: David Davidov, Rachel Savel, Israel Shaf, Yentel Savel-Vrotnitzki (now in Israel), Moshe Yankelovitz. Third row: Shlomo London, Masha London, Liba Tov, Chaim Natanson (now in Israel), Rachel London, Mina Cohen, Michel Chin, Alexander Pinta (now in Israel), Itta Yankelovitz, Yitzhak Cohen. (Photo Kehilat Shkud 16)

David Davidov was also an active supporter of the town’s youth – “his typical saying to the youth was, ‘you are the Cedars of Lebanon: everything depends on you’” (42) – and was chairman of the “Macabi” football team (42):

25 MacabiOfficialBottom row (right to left): Tuvia Einbinder, Leib Tzimbelov.
Second row: Eliezer Bob, Wolf Bass, Aba Levin, Reuven Gilder, Shlomo Malkin, David Bass, Leib Friedman (now in South Africa), Alexander Pinta (now in Israel).
Third row: Chaim Shalom Abramovitsch (now in France), Shlomo London, David Davidov, Yosef Fisher, Leib Elishuv (now in France), Eliezer Baskind (now in South Africa).
Fourth row: Yosef Kirzhner, Mendel Segal, Gedaliyahu Einbinder (now in Lithuania), Chaim Natanson (now in Israel), Benjamin Chin (now in South Africa), Benjamin Shtiris, Shmuel Axelrod, Abraham Bunis, Michel Fogelman, Yitzhak Aibel, Pesach Bob (now in South Africa).
Fifth row: Leib Shpetz, Abraham Friedman (now in South Africa), Meir Teitz (now in Israel), Israel Tenor, Leib Perlgeber, Shlomo Yudelman (Photo Kehilat Shkud 25)

A gentile citizen of Skuodas, interviewed on his memories of the pre-war Jewish community, recalled, “David had a small department store in the centre of Skuodas, today Birutes Street. There is a clock, which my parents bought me as a birthday present (this clock is still hanging on my wall and counting my age), a “Kolumbija” gramophone, and a few records of Dolski’s repertoire from between the wars. My parents paid 150 or 170 litas for the clock, it is really a very valuable thing” (“Jews in the Memory” 5; see link on this page). The Davidov family owned a house, still standing in Skuodas on J. Basanaviciaus Street” (“Jews in the Memory” 6).

Yad Vashem provides this information on the Davidov family of Shkud:

Dawid Dawidow was born in Shkud, Lithuania in 1887 to Zysl. He was a shop owner and married Mali. Prior to WWII he lived in Taurage, Lithuania. During the war he was in Taurage, Lithuania. Dawid was murdered in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his cousin. http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=2006494&language=en

Mali Dawidow was born in Trishik, Lithuania in 1892. She was a housewife and married David. Prior to WWII she lived in Tavrik, Lithuania. During the war she was in Tavrik, Lithuania. Mali was murdered in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her cousin. http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=494663&language=en

Szlomo Dawidow was born in Szkudy, Lithuania in 1914 to David and Pola. He was a clerk and married Moina. Prior to WWII he lived in Szkudy, Lithuania. During the war he was in Tavrik, Lithuania. Szlomo was murdered in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by his relative. http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=1620251&language=en

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