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Gathering of Polish Jewish refugees at the "Internat" Betar youth hostel in Vilna.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 35400

Gathering of Polish Jewish refugees at the "Internat" Betar youth hostel in Vilna.

Among those pictured are Menahem Begin (at the front left); Fejga Szepsenwol (top left); and Chaya Szepsenwol (third from the right, behind the candle). Pictured on the right are probably Batya and Israel Scheib (Eldad), future leader of the Lechi.

The Internat was one of a series of communal residences established by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to help deal with the housing crisis that resulted when thousands of Polish Jewish refugees flooded into Vilna in the months following the outbreak of WWII. The JDC grouped the refugees (who were largely unaccompanied youth) in residences according to youth movement affiliation.

Date
1940
Variant Locale
Lithuania
Wilno
Wilna
Vilna
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Lucille Szepsenwol Camhi
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Record last modified: 2015-05-07 00:00:00
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