Archive/File: holocaust/lithuania kedainiai.001 Last-Modified: 1994/07/07 "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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