Ettelson family collection
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Richard Ettelson
Correspondence: letter written by Itta Ettelson (donor's paternal grandmother) who lived in Vilkaviškis, 30 miles WSW of Kovno, to her son Ralph Ettelsohn (b. June 10, 1911) and his wife Anita Albam Ettelsohn. In her letter Itta complains about her economic situation, due to her child dying in 1938. She complained as well about Ralph not writing. She also wrote about not receiving US visa to join her son. The last page of the letter is addressed to Anna, Ralph's wife (donor's mother), whom Itta treated as a daughter; dated April 10, 1941; in Yiddish. German troops entered Vilkaviškis on June 22, 1941 and installed Lithuanian nationalists as local authority. The local Jewish community of more than 3000 Jews were imprisoned in a ghetto. At the end of July 1941 about 800 Jewish men were executed. On September 24, 1941, Germans with the help of Lithuanian police executed the remaining Jews of Vilkaviškis.
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