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|Catalog No.||6349||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Rafael Levin - Ben Levi: his testimony about setting up educational institutions for Jewish children in postwar Kaunas||Similar Items|
|Registry No.||20745ר"מ||Similar Items|
|Donor||Eilati Shalom||Similar Items|
|File name||לוין - בן לוי רפאל: עדות על הקמת מוסדות חינוך לילדים יהודים בקובנה אחרי המלחמה||Similar Items|
|Collection||Kaplan Israel||Similar Items|
|Period||During World War II||Similar Items|
|From Date||31/07/1944||Similar Items|
|Author||לוין - בן לוי רפאל||Similar Items|
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From the Israel Kaplan collection:
Rafael Levin - Ben - Levi: his testimony on the postwar establishment of educational institutions for Jewish children in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania. Five pages (four pages full - length typed; one page handwritten synopsis), in Yiddish.
On July 31, 1944, immediately upon the liberation of Kovno by the Soviet Red Army, a small group of Jews began to work to set up a kindergarten, school, and orphanage for the handful of children who survived. Among those active in this effort: the teacher Rafael Levin - Bar - Levi; civic activist Dr. Benjamin Bludz; and the teachers Asia Abramovic, Berl Kagan, and Helena Chazkeles. The engineers Liubecki, Yelin, Goldschmid, Koniuchovski, and Izrael planned and carried out renovations on the buildings for the educational institution. A Red Army officer, the psychiatrist [Josef] Rebelski, helped with the renovations. Additional officers who took part in these efforts: General Gurvic, Col. Giler, Col. Sapira, Maj. Epstein, Maj. Dobrusin, Maj. Tarshish, Maj. Flek, Maj. Kantor, Capt. Berlin, and others. Others who helped were the engineers Fischer and Brojer. The actor Jerachmiel Berman, musician Busie Yelin, and author Meir Yelin spent content - filled evenings with the children.
Dr. Frima Gurvic - Brojda was the physician who took care of the children. Heading the parents' committee was the engineer Kolodni. Thet committee acted to redeem children from those who rescued them during the war. The three institutions were dubbed the "Kombinat." Close