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Ukrainians Saving Jews from Extermination by Retreating Nazi Armies

February 19, 1943
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Convinced that a complete Nazi rout in the Ukraine is in the making as a result of the re-occupation of Kharkov by the Russian Army, the non-Jewish residents in the section of the Ukraine still held by the Nazis are, now more than ever before, risking their lives to hide as many Jews as possible in order to save them from extermination until the territory is liberated by the Soviet armies.

Reports to this effect reached here today from guerilla units in various sections of the Ukraine where the Nazis are reported to be hunting for Jews whom they execute in revenge for their defeats on the Russian front. Ukrainians suspected of hiding Jews in attics, cellars and barns, are being executed.

Similar reports reach here from the Baltic states. A Lithuanian worker named Kiselius from Vilkomir near Kovno, told a Soviet correspondent that in his city the Nazis murdered all the Jews in the latter part of last year. Kiselius estimated that more than 12,000 Jews from Vilkomir and neighboring towns were massacred at Piwone, a nearby village. Hany Lithuanians were also shot for having sheltered Jews in an attempt to save them from death, he said.

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