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Green canvas knapsack taken from a German soldier by a partisan

Object | Accession Number: 1992.169.26 a-c

Knapsack taken from a German soldier by Reuven Paikowski from a German soldier during an ambush by his partisan unit in a forest near Ejszyszki, Poland [Eisiskes, Lithuania]. Reuven and his wife, Zahava, both partisans, used the knapsack during the Brichah [escape], in Cyprus, and later in Israel. It was later used by their sons while serving in the Gadna. Prewar Eisiskes, circa 1939, had approximately 3500 Jews. The town was occupied by German troops on June 23, 1941, days after the surprise invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. The German authorities issued a proclamation in September that gave Jewish residents permission to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Just before the holiday, Lithuanian collaborators rounded up the Jewish residents and detained them in the synagogue and two adjoining buildings. They were joined by 1000 Jews from neighboring villages. On September 25-26, 1941, the Lithuanians and German mobile killing units began the systematic slaughter of the captives; only 29 escaped the massacre.

use:  approximately 1941 September-1944
use: Ejszyszki (Poland) (historic); Eisiskes (Lithuania)
Object Type
Backpacks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yaffa Eliach
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:21:50
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