rescuers of jews

Rauba Henrikas

Adolfina and Henrik, Vladislav and Isabel Rauba, Jadvyga and Jan Rinkevich, Juzef and Helena Gadlevski, Aleksandr and Veronika Gulbinovich, Juzef Chajkovski with his wife, Ignacij and Janina Liutkevich, Justin Masevich with his wife, Jan Stankevich with his wife

On the eve of the German invasion into Lithuania, the young woman, Taiba Weinstein with her 19-year-old sister Mina lived in Kaunas, while most of the members of their family lived in their hometown of Giedraičiai. When the war broke out, the Weinstein sisters returned to Giedraičiai. Six weeks later, on the eve of mass murdering action, Taiba and Mina, together with their 11-year-old sister Fruma, their cousin Basia Katz and her daughter Liba, secretly left the town and went to the country area. Among the farmers families who gave them shelter during the three years of the German occupation were Adolfina and Henrik Rauba and Jan and Jadvyga Rinkevich, on whose farms the Jewish women hid longer than anywhere else. In 1942 the group split and started to hide separately. Because of the intensive searches conducted by the Lithuanian police in the area, the Jewish refugees could not stay in one place more than a few days. In these circumstances, other farms served as temporary places of shelter for them. Among these were the Masevich, Gadlevski, Stankevich, Chajkovski, Gulbinovich and Liutkevich families. Only three out of five Jewish women survived till liberation on July 7, 1944. In the 70-es Taiba Weinstein, Fruma Weinstein-Aronas and Basia Katz immigrated to Israel.