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Today in Jewish History - September 1 / Elul 6

1943 September 1, VILNA UPRISING (Lithuania)

The Vilna Ghetto
After the disaster of July and the death of Yitzhak Wittenberg, many of those in the underground decided to flee the city. The German entry into the ghetto was a surprise and there was no time to organize. Forty fighters led by Yechiel Scheinbaum fought until they were all killed. Around 200 more left the ghetto and joined the partisans. A second Aktion on September 23 marked the end of the ghetto.


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