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Shavli Ghetto: Photos from 1941-1944

(April 2015)

These photos depict life and death for the Jewish community of Siauliai, also known as Shavli. That few survived the war shows the harshness of their existence.

A meal in one of the study halls of the Siauliai Ghetto

Jewish women ironing in Siauliai, 1941.

German soldiers watching as Jews stand in line for food.

Jewish children and German soldiers, 1941.

Jewish women and German soldiers, 1941.

Jewish man wearing a yellow star.

Map of the Siauliai Ghetto

Jews digging pits in Siauliai.

Jews digging their own graves as German soldiers watch on.

Jews under SS guard. The Jewish prisoners here comrpise the leadership of the community - Rabbi Nachumovski is on the first row of the right, Rabbi Aaron Baksht is the second from the right and Azriel Abramovich, an attorney, is the first on the left.

A group of jews before their murder.

SS men executing Jewish captives.

Source: Yad Vashem.