|Catalog No.||6381||Similar Items|
|Brief Description||Perl C. Chaitovicz: her testimony on Telsiai||Similar Items|
|Registry No.||20784ר"מ||Similar Items|
|Donor||Eilati Shalom||Similar Items|
|File name||עדותה של פרל ח' חייטוביץ' על טלז||Similar Items|
|Collection||Kaplan Israel||Similar Items|
|Period||During World War II||Similar Items|
|From Date||25/06/1941||Similar Items|
|To Date||23/12/1941||Similar Items|
|Author||פרל ח' חייטוביץ'||Similar Items|
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From the Israel Kaplan collection:
Perl C. Chaitovicz: her testimony about Telsiai, Lithuania. Undated. Seven pages, handwritten, in Yiddish.
There were about 6,000 Jews in Telsiai. On June 25, 1941, the Germans invaded the city. He next day the Jews were herded into the marketplace square and charged with the deaths of 76 Lithuanians [who had been killed by the Soviet security services before the Soviet retreat] and the deportation of others to Siberia. Rabbi Avraham - Yitzhak Bloch spoke in the square and attempted to prove the Jews’ innocence. That same evening, escorted by armed Lithuanians, the Jews were expelled [by unspecified means] to a lake The men remained there while the women were [made to ] return to their homes. The men, some 2,000 in number, were taken to the Rainiai Forest and interned in five grain barns. The next day, the men of surrounding communities joined them. They were made to exhume the graves of the 76 Lithuanians, wash and dress the corpses, and dig them new graves in the Catholic cemetery.
The Jews came from the following towns: Varniai, Zarenai, Tverai, Lieplauke, Luoke, Plunge. They were deported to Viesvenai.
On July 25, 1941, the slaughter of the men began in the Rainiai Forest. Some 3,000 men were shot in a period of three days. The men from Viesvenai were also shot. After that, some 5,000 women and children from Rainiai and Viesvenai were taken to Geruliai. Also brought there were women and children from Laukuva and other towns in the vicinity of Telsiai. Some of the women and teens were put to work at mining peat in Duseikiai.
In late August all the women and children were herded into the square in Geruliai. The workers from Duseikiai joined them. 500 young women without children were chosen from among them and sent to the Telsiai ghetto. Two men were sent along with them: the physicians [Moshe] Blatt and Kaplan. The women remaining in Geruliai were shot on the same day. Those responsible for the murder were educated Lithuanians: Jodjakis, Platakis, Mikuckis, Inzelevicz, Kerulis, Jurkevicz, and others.
The women in the Telsiai ghetto were sent to other work. The Lithuanian physician Dr. Mikulski and several additional Lithuanians wrote to Gveke, the Siauliai region commander, telling him - with no factual basis - that there a typhus epidemic had broken out in the ghetto, and requesting permission to exterminate its residents. Following this request, on Dec. 23, 1941, all the women were taken to the Rainiai Forest and shot. Some 60 women and two doctors succeeded in escaping. Close