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Group portrait of seven friends from Sejny.

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    Group portrait of seven friends from Sejny.
    Group portrait of seven friends from Sejny. 

Pictured seated left to right are: Lejzer Szczupacki, Yakov Ostrov (a bank director), Moshe Mishkinski, Peretz, and Wolf Ostrov.  Standing: Zaidka Shvartz (a violinist) and unidentified.

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    Group portrait of seven friends from Sejny.

    Pictured seated left to right are: Lejzer Szczupacki, Yakov Ostrov (a bank director), Moshe Mishkinski, Peretz, and Wolf Ostrov. Standing: Zaidka Shvartz (a violinist) and unidentified.
    Date
    1935 October 07
    Locale
    Sejny, [Bialystok] Poland
    Variant Locale
    Seiny
    Senya
    Synee
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bruce Tapper

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Bruce Tapper
    Source Record ID: Collections: 1996.A.98

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    Biography
    The Szczupacki family earned their living as fish merchants and bus service owners. In the fall of 1939 the Germans deported all of approximately 700 Jews from Sejny. In an effort to save her family photographs, Mrs. Szczupacki approached her neighbor, Mr. Albin Macianis, and asked him keep them until her return after the war. The Szczupackis were deported across the Lithuanian border and eventually came to Lazdijai where they were killed nearby by the Einsatzgruppen in November, 1941. Albin Macianis who helped the Szczupacki family with house chores during Shabbath, hid the photographs in his house, and later left the photographs for safekeeping with the local priest, Stanislaw Astasiewicz. After the liberation he recovered the photographs and continued to hide them until Mr. Bruce Tapper, the donor and a relative of the Szczupacki family came to visit the town in 1991. Mr. Macianis explained that keeping photographs of Jews was punishable by the Germans and later would not be looked favorably upon by his family and neighbors.
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