Completing the narrative

In the past year, Yad Vashem purchased the right to copy a million documents stored in the archives of Poland and the former Soviet Union, including those in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus.

February 9, 2012 12:02
From the KGB file of Menachem Begin

From the KGB file of Menachem Begin 390. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Minka Cakars, née Edelman, was a young woman whose world was turned upside down by the Nazi occupation of Latvia. Having just given birth to a daughter, she was forced to move into an apartment on 2 Katolu Street, in a neighborhood that was walled off from the rest of Riga and that was to become the Jewish ghetto. She was luckier than most of the 70,000 Latvian Jews who lost their lives during that period, for she was married to a gentile.

Her husband used any means possible to save his wife and daughter. Knowing that Jews who entered the ghetto usually had no way out, he bribed the security guard at the entrance to the ghetto. Minka and her daughter were safe, but the Nazi race laws would still leave an indelible mark on their lives.


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