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Dita Sperling photographs

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    Contains 15 photogaph prints of several scenes in the Kovno Ghetto (Kaunas, Lithuania), showing (donor) and her friends, including Yehuda Zupovitsh, her first husband. Yehuda Zupovitsh was a Jewish policeman in the Kovno ghetto and was executed in 1944 for collaborating with partisans. Includes images of ghetto inhabitants wearing Stars of David; Yehuda Zupovitsh wearing his ghetto police armband; and several photographs of ghetto inhabitants including Liuba Seltzer (niece of the donor), Herman Israel Sperling, Polia Zuckermann, Liolia Bermann, and M. Nivnivitzky. Some photographs were taken by George Kadish, a friend of the donor.
    Collection Creator
    Dita Sperling
    Yehudit (Dita) Katz Zupovitz (later Dita Sperling) was the daughter of Itzhak and Liola Katz. She was born in Kovno on April 15, 1922, where her father worked as an economist and her mother as a dentist. Dita had one younger brother, Zvi. She married Yehuda Zupovitz during her last year of high school, five months before the start of the war. In the ghetto she and Yehuda lived with her mother, grandfather, brother and aunt. Dita smuggled food while on work details outside of the ghetto in order to keep the family fed. She also smuggled her niece Rina Zupovitz out of the ghetto. Yehuda, deputy chief of the ghetto Jewish police, kept much of his underground activity a secret from Dita, but he did teach her how to shoot a rifle. Shortly after Yehuda's arrest in March 1944 and subsequent murder at Fort IX, Dita was sent to the Sanciai labor camp. From there, she was deported to Stutthof in July. Dita survived along with her mother and brother. Her father was killed in the June 1941 pogroms in Kovno; and her grandmother, Basia, was killed during the March 1944 action that targeted the children and the elderly. Her cousin (the baby) died on a death march to Stutthof.

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    Geographic Name
    Kaunas (Lithuania).
    Corporate Name
    Kovno ghetto (Lithuania)

    Administrative Notes

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Dita Sperling.
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