Samuel Fiefert and the Commemoration of Jewish Victims
At the end of the war, a monument engraved with a Star of David was erected at the site of the mass graves. The memorial was an initiative of Samuel Fiefert, a Jewish-Lithuanian soldier who had served during the war in Lithuanian Division 16 of the Red Army. In addition to erecting the monument, Fiefert participated in postwar attempts to reunite Jewish children, who had been hidden by Lithuanians, with their families. In 1948, Fiefert was murdered by local Lithuanians.
Inscription on the back of the photograph:
This photograph was taken in Panevezys during a family reunion (Shein, Riklis and Beniaminovich) in a summer in the late 1930s. The reunion marked the visit of Goida Gan, their cousin from Latvia. All of the people in the photo were murdered in Panevezys in 1941, with the exception of Goida Gan, who emigrated to Palestine before the war broke out.
Samuel Fiefert with a Jewish girl, hidden during the war by a Lithuanian family, returned by him to Jewish life