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Soviet Army wrist compass used by a young Jewish Lithuanian partisan

Object | Accession Number: 1992.184.1

Soviet Army wrist compass used by Khona Padison, a young Jewish partisan in Rudnicki forest near Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, from December 1943 to June 1944. The compass was given to Khona by a Soviet prisoner of war so that he could scout for their resistance group, Death to the Invaders. In June 1941, Germany occupied Lithuania. Khona, his parents Perets and Rakhel, and sister Hena were forced into the sealed ghetto. In fall 1943, Khona and his father escaped shortly before the ghetto was converted into Kauen concentration camp. They became members of Death to the Invaders resistance unit and Khona did reconnaissance. In early 1944, as the Soviet Army advanced, the Germans evacuated Kauen and then set it on fire. On August 1, the region was liberated. Khona’s mother Rakhel and sister Hena were killed in the ghetto.

Date
1943 December-1944 June  (use)
1940  (manufacture)
Geography
use : Rudnicki Forest; Lithuania
manufacture : Soviet Union
Language
Russian
Classification
Tools and Equipment
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arik Padison, in memory of Rachel and Hena Padison, his grandmother and aunt
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:21:52
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