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Dental scaler used to sew up sacks of wheat, flour, and sugar by a Jewish family in prewar Eisiskes

Object | Accession Number: 1992.169.27

Dental scaler used by the Farber family to sew up sacks of wheat, flour, and sugar in prewar Ejszyszki (Eisiskes) Poland (now Lithuania). Jews had lived in Eisiskes for over 900 years. Prewar Eisiskes, circa 1939, had approximately 3500 Jews, the majority of the population. 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.

Date
before 1941 September  (use)
Geography
use : Ejszyszki (Poland) (historic); Eisiskes (Lithuania)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Cookware
Object Type
Pots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yaffa Eliach
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:01
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