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Jar of stones from the river near Eisiskes

Object | Accession Number: 1992.169.31

Jarred containers of stones from the Olkieniki river near 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.

Geography
use : Ejszyszki (Poland) (historic); Eisiskes (Lithuania)
Language
Hebrew
Classification
Materials
Category
Stones
Object Type
Pebbles (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yaffa Eliach
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:28
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