Rescuers of Jews

Golumbiauskienė Frania (Golombewska Frania)

The Golumbiauskas' farm was in Žalioji homestead, Butrimonys subdistrict, Alytus district.In their bathhouse in Žalioji homestead, Butrimonys subdistrict, Alytus district, the Golumbiauskas brothers hid a 13 years old boy Lipa Garbovsky from Butrimonys and six people from the neighbouring town of Stakliškės: Zelig Shuster and his wife Ada, wife’s brother Baruch and his sixteen-year-old sister, as well as Zelig’s sister Rivka and her husband Tzalel. Rivka gave birth to a child in the bathhouse. Petras' wife Frania Golumbiauskienė cooked the food for the hiding people, took birth of Zelig's sister Riva's child. Petras' and Frania's daughter Janina was active in the rescue of the hiding people: every day she brought them food prepared by her mother.
Unfortunately, someone informed against them and on April 2, 1942 the policemen looking for the Jews in hiding, surrounded the Golumbiauskas' farm. During a shoot-out, the bathhouse was set on fire. The policemen shot the fleeing Jews on spot, arrested the wounded ones and women, and took them to prison. Petras and Bronislovas Golumbiauskas were also arrested. The arrested Jews were taken to Alytus and shot. The rescuers Petras and Bronislovas Golumbiauskas were also killed for hiding the Jews. Priest Jonas Kaušyla, who was the dean in Pivašiūnai at that time, reported about this painful tragedy.

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