A translation of the article by Nijole Padoriene from the newspaper "Auksine Varpa" , 27 September 2003
With a needle in the heart
|"May be you won't believe? A life is only a short wink between eternities."
These are the words of a woman who pushed a needle into her heart in 1942. You can read about it in the book prepared by a generous Dutch couple
Dora and Arnold Boom. This couple is interested in Jewish history and its remains in Lithuania and they didn't pass our district either, in honour of those who didn't survive and didn't born. In honour of those who never saw the face of his (her) mother. Emotional meetings, stories of contemporaries - it's material for a future book. It's impossible not to feel the needle in the heart which opens a bloody wound for those who suffered in ghettos..
were washing Frieda's cheeks
while walking in Pakruojis streets. She was making a videofilm of the places
where her dearest people lived, worked, prayed, studied and went into their
death. We were often shocked by the woman asking questions such as: "did
anybody see or remember when the innocent people were shot, did anybody help
With memorial candles and a kaddish prayer she honoured her grandfather at the Jewish cemetery and she honoured her grandmother and her aunt at the long grave on the Morkakalnis hill, where the Jews of Pakruojis were shot in 1941. As if it were a wailing wall, she pushed herself at the wall which remained in her grandmother's yard. The wall is of her family's cattle shed ( near the present book-shop). Frieda collected some stones from the yard. Later she put them at the monument at Morkakalnis.
|Grandfather Moishe Shapiro|
|Grandmother Frada Katz Shapiro holding daughter Edka|
|Aunt Liebseh(Liebske) Shapiro|
Copyright © 2005 Dora Boom
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