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