Lost Treasures: The Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe The Lino Cuts of Bill Farran

Šaukėnai, Lithuania - Original Linocut

Shukian [Yid], Shavkyany [Rus], Szawkiany [Pol]

The wooden synagogue built in the eighteenth century was famous for its beautiful carved bimah and aron kodesh. On August 29th, 1941, the Jews of Saukenai were taken to the town of Zhager (Zagare). Many Jews from the nearby towns had already been confined there. All were murdered on October 2, 1941. Eight youngsters, who had managed to escape from the Zhager massacre, sought asylum with the priest of Shukyan. He proposed that they become Christians, to which they agreed, but this did not rescue them. They too were shot and buried in the Catholic cemetery where a cross marks their grave. Early in the 1990's a tablet was erected on their graves, with the following inscription: "Here eight Jewish youngsters are buried. They were murdered on November 1, 1941, All Saints Day. All were led to the ghetto of Zhager, but survived by escaping from there, after which they found asylum in the church of Saukenai. At the end of September 1941, they received the Holy Cross. Priest Jonas Stasevicius baptized and adopted them, but this was not enough for the murderers and their leaders. These youngsters died because they because they were born Jews. Rest in peace”.

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