|Catalog No.||6371||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Zvi Kremer: his testimony on Zeimelis||Similar Items|
|Registry No.||20771ר"מ||Similar Items|
|Donor||Eilati Shalom||Similar Items|
|File name||עדותו של צבי קרמר על ז'ימל, ליטא||Similar Items|
|Collection||Kaplan Israel||Similar Items|
|Period||During World War II||Similar Items|
|Author||קרמר צבי||Similar Items|
|Date of event||22/03/1955||Similar Items|
|databank||Collections Section||Similar Items|
From the Israel Kaplan collection:
Zvi Kremer, native of Zeimelis, Lithuania: his testimony on the fate of the Jew of his hometown.
Three pages, Hebrew, in Kaplan’s handwriting.
Kremer, a student in the Agricultural Academy at Datnuva, fled to USSR territory at the start of the war. In October 1945 he returned to Zeimelis, at which time he learned of what had happened in the town.
Even before the German conquest of the town, several families succeeded in fleeing to the USSR by way of Latvia. In the last week of June 1941 the Germans entered the town, although in effect the Lithuanians were in control. They chased the Jews from their homes, looted their property, and sent them to work at forced labor at the homes of peasants. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1951, the Jews were notified that they were to relocate to a ghetto outside the town. The next day at midnight the Jews were taken to a forest near the road leading to Bauska, Latvia, and herded into a hay barn. During the morning hours of Friday Aug. 8, Lithuanians blocked the road from Zeimelis to Bauska. A truck arrived from Linkuva with drunken young Lithuanians [Kremer notes the name of one of them]. At noon they ordered the Jews to take off their clothes. First the men were taken to the pit; they were shot, and then the women and children were slaughtered. Gerson Taruc, a young man about 20 years of age, jumped over the pit and hid in the forest for several days, but was caught and executed. The sole survivor was a youth of about age 13 - 14, the adopted son of the pharmacist Sulhoyfer [or Sulgeiferis] and his wife, nee Abramovic. The town’s Protestant minister, Leieris, claimed that the boy was a Catholic and handed him over to the Catholic priest of the village of Lauksodis, thus saving his life. The Jews’ property was collected in the synagogue and sold off to all comers.
Note: this file contains two memoranda, the first in Kaplan’s handwriting and the second in Kremer’s. Close