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
Husband Grinblat Yakov Eliezer Business Shkud 70 Shkud, beg. July, 1941
Wife Grinblat Chaya Housewife Shkud 65 Dimitravas, Alka Hill
Son Grinblat Ruven Yakov Leizer Chaya Shoe factory Shkud 42 Shkud
Son Grinblat Moshe Leib Yakov Leizer Chaya Shoe factory and tanner Shkud 40 Shkud
Son Grinblat Yisroel Yakov Leizer Chaya Shkud 38 Shkud
Son Grinblat Binyamin Yakov Leizer Chaya Shkud 34 Shkud
Grinblat Zelda Shkud Shkud
Grinblat Zelda Shkud 1917[1] Alka Hill


According to Hana Shaf-Brener, Yakov Eliezer Grinblat (age 70) and his wife Chaya (age 65) had four sons: Ruven, Moshe Leib, Yisroel, and Binyamin.

According to Jewish Gen’s Lithuania Tax and Voters List, Yankel Grinblat, son of Leyzer, was a tanner in 1904. Also listed is another Yankel Grinblat, son of Yokhel (or Yokhen), age 32 in 1903. Both lived in Skuodas, and either could be the same person as Yakov Eliezer, who would have been about 30 in 1904.

Yad Vashem provides some information on Moshe Grinblat, presumably Yakov Eliezer’s son:  “Moshe Grinblat was born in Skuodas, Lithuania. He was married to Zelda nee Ioselovitz. Prior to WWII he lived in Skuodas, Lithuania. During the war he was in Skuodas, Lithuania. Moshe was murdered/perished in 1941 in Lithuania at the age of 35. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted by his sister-in-law.” (

Kehilat Shkud (see link to “Memorial Book” on this page) provides some information on Yakov Eliezer and Moshe Leib: “Abramovic, Moshe Yankelowitz and Moshe Leib Grinblatt were shoe producers in the Old Town. All together, the factories and craftsmen in the trade produced around 400 pairs of shoes a day. … The shtetl’s tanners, Shpitz … Hochman, Turek and Kopelovitsch in the New Town and Grinblatt in the Old Town, purveyed most of the needed raw materials to Shkud’s shoe factories” (13). On p. 52, Moshe Leib Grinblatt is mentioned as having a shoe factory in the Old Town, and Grinblat (no first name given, but presumably Yakov Eliezer) is listed as having a tannery.

The book “Jews in the Memory of Skuodas People” (see link on this page) lists Yankel Grinblat under the listing “Leather Workshops and Factories” (20) and Mausha Grinblat as operating a “smaller shoemaking factory with around 8-10 employees on Laisves Street, no. 63” (9; see also a reference on p. 20).

Kehilat Shkud tells of Moshe Grinblat’s murder: “On the night of June 29, following a day of violence and murders, the Germans set aside four Jews, who were forced to clean the Jewish houses in the old town and prepare them as dwellings for the German soldiers, as the houses of the old town were not damaged by the fighting. The four Jews ordered to do the work – Reuven Gilder, Moshe Leib Grinblat, Netanel Turek and Josef beRabi Yehuda Levin, were later shot” (Kehlilat Shkud 47)

Zelda Grinblat was probably Moshe’s wife. Yad Vashem provides the following information: “Zelda Grinblatt nee Ioselovitz was born in Kretinga, Lithuania in 1917 to Yossel and Gite. She was married to Moshe. Prior to WWII she lived in Skuodas, Lithuania. During the war she was in Skuodas, Lithuania. Zelda was murdered/perished in 1941 in Lithuania at the age of 24. This information is based on a Page of Testimony submitted by her sister.” (

[1] Date added by Aviva Tirosh