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Portrait of Gita Salat Wisgardisky in a hospital in Kovno with her newborn daughter, Henia.

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    Portrait of Gita Salat Wisgardisky in a hospital in Kovno with her newborn daughter, Henia.
    Portrait of Gita Salat Wisgardisky in a hospital in Kovno with her newborn daughter, Henia.

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    Portrait of Gita Salat Wisgardisky in a hospital in Kovno with her newborn daughter, Henia.
    Date
    1940 January 11
    Locale
    Kaunas, Lithuania
    Variant Locale
    Kauen
    Kovno
    Kowno
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Henia Wisgardisky Lewin

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Henia Wisgardisky Lewin
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2006.144

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    Biography
    Henia Wisgardisky (now Henia Lewin) is the daughter of Jona and Gita (Salat) Wisgardisky from Kovno, Lithuania. In the summer of 1941 soon after the German invasion of Lithuania, the Wisgardisky family was forced into the Kovno ghetto. During the Children's Action of 1942, Henia was hidden in a secret room that her father built in a pantry in their apartment. Later she was smuggled out of the ghetto and placed with the Stankiewicz family. Jonas Stankiewicz had worked as the foreman in Jona Wisgardisky's chemical plant before the war, and had taken it over after the occupation. After successfully securing a hiding place for their daughter, the Wisgardiskys fled from the ghetto. They found refuge on a potato farm, where they lived in a root cellar. After the war they recovered Henia from the Stankiewicz family and made their way to Germany. For several years they lived in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp before emigrating to Palestine. Later the family moved to Canada.
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