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Mosocw Commission Reports on Destruction of Jewish Institutions by Germans in Vilna

The Soviet Embassy here today made public a report of the Extraordinary State Committee, detailing mass slaughters and other crimes of German invaders of Lithuania, including the destruction of numbers of famous Jewish cultural institutions. The report includes statements of eyewitnesses telling how foreigners including Jews were executed at various places.

Among the Jewish cultural institutions reported “completely smashed” are the famous Strashun library, the Jewish Scientific Institute, and the Jewish Museum of History and Ethnography, all in the city of Vilna. The Germans also sent to the Nazi Research Institute on Jewish Affairs in Frankfurt-on-Main paintings and sculptures by Levitan, Chagall, Antokolsky and other well-known Jewish artists, and manuscripts of Sholem Aleichem and other prominent Jewish authors.