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Crossing the River

18 Dec

crossing the riverI just finished reading “Crossing the River” by Shalom Eilati. It was recommended to me by a Temple Chai Member who is related to the author and thought I would be interested as I had just spoke at Yiskor about our trip to Lithuania. He said he wanted to go with his cousin who had an incredible escape from the Kaunas Ghetto, lived in hiding with Lithuanians, traveled to Germany then finally to Israel.  I feel like I now have names and stories to the places I visited. The IX fort which was the mass murder site for more than 30,000 Jews has names attached.  When we were there; we walked the grounds, traced the path of the escapees, saw the areas of execution, but…it didn’t feel personal until now.  The pictures I took in the museum (oops I wasn’t supposed to, sorry Chaim!) now have new meaning.  Anyway, Bennett has now taken the book and is likely going to read it in 2 days being the speed reader that he is. I am sure that he will write about it in his “bennettsbookblog” when he finishes it. I will be curious to see his reaction as a child the same age as the author while under Nazi captivity. What would he have done? Would he have been so brave?

Execution site

Execution site

Horrible Soviet monument dedicated to the "Soviets" who lost their lives

Horrible Soviet monument dedicated to the “Soviets” who lost their lives

IX Fort, Kaunas

IX Fort, Kaunas

Simon, our guide, by the memorial at the Kaunas Ghetto.It was burned down during the war.

Simon, our guide, by the memorial at the Kaunas Ghetto.It was burned down during the war.

Anti-semitism still strong where there are so few Jews

Anti-semitism still strong where there are so few Jews

Destroyed Kaunas Ghetto

Destroyed Kaunas Ghetto

Kaunas Ghetto

Kaunas Ghetto

Jews marching to their demise at the IX fort

Jews marching to their demise at the IX fort

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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Ancestry, Holocaust, Jewish, Lithuania, Travel, Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Crossing the River

  1. Skaistis

    January 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hi,

    I’m happy that I found your blog – it was a great read for the evening.

    Greetings from Vilnius.

     
    • Beth Katz

      January 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Greetings back from Phoenix! Thank you so much for the note. I am so happy I was able to visit Vilnius last summer.

       

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