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Object ID

2014.1.297

Object Name

Letter

Date

10-22-1941

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Feldpostbrief' printed along with two handstamps, one black with date, one purple with Reich seal. Interior: Pencil handwriting in German. Several sentences are scrawled on the sides. Fold crease through middle.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Disturbing folded feldpost lettersheet sent from a Corporal (Obergefreiter) with signals detachment 660 (nachrichtenabteilung) on special assignment in Smorgonie, Lithuania Oct 22, 1941. "Also this morning I grabbed 7 Jewesses when cleaning out the homes; they were all attractive, as we were slowly coming out. Two girls we kept for ourselves for the living quarters, one to cook and the other for clothing, it is really a shame for the girls, two had such beautiful black hair, they were all shot at once." After the invasion of Lithuania in 1941, thousands of Jews were executed; these girls would have been in hiding from the killing squads. According to the Yad Vashem website, at the beginning of 1941 there were approximately 220,000 Jews in Lithuania and by the end of 1941 there were only around 40,000, primarily in the ghettos.

Dimensions

8 x 5"

Keywords

Feldpost, Smorgonie, Lithuania

Eyewitness Testimony from Smorgonie, Lithuania to Killing of Jews

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