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Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 4/21/2013 4:36 PM
Family Surname: Steinman family and Yegelevitch elders
Country: Lithuania
Town: Meretch
Date of Image: ca. 1925
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The older couple are my paternal grandparents. They died of natural causes before the Holocaust. The young family resisted overtures from my father and his sibling for them to migrate to the U.S., as the young wife, Sura Harva, was their youngest sister, all five other siblings already in the U.S. But Obadia Steinman resisted, not believing they were in danger. All, including the children, were murdered by the Nazis and Lithuanian collaborators in June 1941 and dumped in a pit adjoining the Jewish cemetery of Meretch. There is a memorial inscribed stone at the site, which my son and I visited in 1999.

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4/25/2013 12:54 AM Regretfully it's a story of so many... People just couldn't believe that other humans will kill innocent women and children, wipe out whole towns..
My father-in-law was 20 year old when the Nazis entered Lithuania, he ran away from home on the day of the invasion. His parents were upset and angry with him. Of course he was the only one to survive...
The least we can do is remember them forever.
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