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|Catalog No.||6375||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Raja - Reine Berkman: postcards and a letter she sent to Avraham Zas||Similar Items|
|Registry No.||20773ר"מ||Similar Items|
|Donor||Eilati Shalom||Similar Items|
|File name||גלויה ומכתב ששלחה רעיה - ריינע ברקמן לאברהם זס||Similar Items|
|Collection||Kaplan Israel||Similar Items|
|Period||During World War II||Similar Items|
|Period||After World War II||Similar Items|
|Author||ברקמן רעיה - ריינע||Similar Items|
|Date of event||12/09/1945||Similar Items|
|Date of event||20/01/1946||Similar Items|
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From the Israel Kaplan collection:
1) A postcard written by Raja - Reine Berkman to Avraham Zas. Sent from Kaunas (Kovno) to Mandate Palestine on Sept. 12, 1945. Two pages, handwritten, in Yiddish.
2) A letter sent by Raja - Reine Berkman to Avraham Zas on Jan. 20, 1946. Four pages, handwritten, in Yiddish.
3) A partial copy of the above postcard and letter in Kaplan’s handwriting. Undated, four pages, in Yiddish.
1) Berkman, a former teacher in the Hebrew Gymnasiya (academic secondary school) of Kovno, tells in brief of events in the town of Zasliai. She notes that the men were slaughtered on Aug. 25, 1941 and the women on Oct. 6, 1941, and mentions the escape that saved her life and that of her son Emanuel - Manulinka. Besides them, her sister Sheine and a Mrs. Trafide and son remained alive.
2) A confused letter in which Berkman describes how the Jews of Zasliai were taken to the town of Kaisiadorys,* how she, her son Emanuel, her mother, and her sister Sheine escaped on Sept. 24, 1941, and how a month later they met up with her elder sister and the latter’s family. She also tells about the terrible massacre in Semeliskes, in which Yehudit and her family were murdered, and on the Jews’ refusal to believe that Lithuanians murdered children mercilessly. She mentions Salomon Monosevicz who got out of the killing pit bleeding and told his wife and children about the slaughter, but they refused to believe him, and they too were taken to the pits and shot. Berkman tells of her son’s poor health and her efforts to restore his strength.
Berkman’s escape route included, among others, the following places: Zasliai, Vievis, and Semeliskis.
* Apparently they were murdered nearby.
** Apparently the addressee’s sister. Close