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   "The following incident took place in Kedainiai, Lithuania, on
   August 28, 1941. A small detatchment of Security Police belonging to
   Einsatzkommando 3, aided by local civilian Lithuanians, killed 710
   Jewish men, 767 Jewish women, and 599 Jewish children of that town
   on that day. The Jews were taken from a barn to a pit in groups of
   200. According to the postwar testimony of one of the Lithuanians,
   a heavily built Jew, Slapobertkis, was told by a Lithuanian,
   Czygas, to undress. The Jew, fully realizing what was happening,
   said to the Lithuanian that he was a man like him. Czygas then tore
   the Jew's clothes off and drew his pistol. Slapoberskis grabbed
   Czygas and drew him into the ditch, holding him with one hand by
   the neck and firing the Lithuanian's pistol at the German commander
   with the other. Now the German jumped in to help Czygas, freeing
   him, only to be grabbed by Slapoberskis in turn. Another
   Lithuanian, Jankunas, who was heavy himself, jumped in, freeing the
   German, but found himself in the clutches of Slapoberskis. Janukas
   drew a knife from his belt and killed the Jew. Czygas, gravely
   injured, died on the way to the hospital.<13>" (Hilberg, 178-79)

                            Work Cited

Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators Victims Bystanders: The Jewish
   Catastrophe, 1933-1945. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

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