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From the Israel Kaplan collection:
An essay written by Kaplan about the fate of the Jews of Subacius, Lithuania, based on the testimonies of Jasa Gurevicz, Wolf Kusnir, and Hirsz Milstein. Undated; in Hebrew, two pages (two copies: two pages handwritten, and two pages typewritten).
About a week after the war broke out the Germans conquered Subacius. The Lithuanians stormed the Jews’ homes, took out their inhabitants and brought them to the prayer hall (Beit ha - Midrash) where they were locked in for several days. After the Lithuanians finished looting the Jews’ houses they released them. The Lithuanians continued abusing the Jews by every possible means, particularly harassing S. Borwein, demanding that he reveal where his Communist son was hiding. Within a few days the Jews were herded into a ghetto, from which they were sent daily to work at forced labor. [In late July 1941], some two-thirds of the ghetto population was taken outside town. They were ordered to dig pits for themselves and others and then were shot. The Lithuanians told of the slaughter to those who remained in the ghetto, but the latter refused to believe it. Several weeks later they too were murdered in the same place. A few individuals survived the massacre: Wolf Kusnir and his three children; the son of the ritual slaughterer Yankele Ziv; and Berka Rozinkovicz. Rachka Rozenberg, a girl age 13, escaped the murderers with Chiena [evidently Mrs. Wolf] Kusnir; they were caught and Mrs. Kusnir was shot and killed, but Rozenberg got away and hid in a convent until the liberation. Close