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Jews repairing or moving the ghetto fence after a reduction of the ghetto boundaries. Pictured at the left is Abe Malnik. Second from the right is Yankel Kaplan.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 90226A

Jews repairing or moving the ghetto fence after a reduction of the ghetto boundaries. Pictured at the left is Abe Malnik. Second from the right is Yankel Kaplan.

On July 24, 1941, three weeks before all Jews had to move into the ghetto, the Kovno city government ordered that the Jews erect a fence around the ghetto. A new order stipulated that work was to begin on July 30. Fifty men were to report to work at 8:00 in the morning for the purpose of erecting the fence. Posts were placed one meter apart and barbed wire was strung every twenty centimeters. Signs were posted warning that the area within three meters of the fence was declared a "death zone"; anyone caught in that zone would be summarily shot. Many Jews were shot for approaching the fence. However, when guards were not looking, Jews and Lithuanians traded through the fence, and some Jews, using wire cutters, managed to cut the fence and escape from the ghetto. The ghetto fire department was responsible for mainaining and repairing the fence.

Photographer
George Kadish/Zvi Kadushin
Date
1942 - 1943
Variant Locale
Kauen
Kovno
Kowno
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Abe and Lilly Malnik
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Record last modified: 1998-10-01 00:00:00
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