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"Killing of Jews in Kaunas by Lithuanian Nazi collaborators under the eyes of the SS in June 1941. When the SS mobile killing units reached Kaunas in the first few days of the war against the Soviet Union, they persuaded the anti-communist partisan leader Klimaitis to turn his forces against the Jews, to demonstrate that "the liberated population had resorted to the most severe measures against the ... Jewish enemy." The pogrom - in which 5,000 Jews were killed - was filmed and photographed by the SS."

This scene is specifically from the massacre on June 26, 1941, at the Lietukis garage in Kaunas, where, according to the US Holocaust Museum; "German soldiers and Lithuanian civilians watched Jewish men being clubbed to death or killed with high-pressure water hoses. After the war Jewish survivors and German observers gave evidence about the crime scene: Jew after Jew had to step forward to be hit on the head by young men while civilian spectators—including women with small children―watched, some of them applauding. None of the German soldiers present at the site intervened; informed about the pogrom taking place close to his headquarters, the commander of the 16th Army shrugged and noted that there was nothing he could do."

Reproduced by: US Holocaust Museum and Dokumentationsarchiv des Oesterreichischen Widerstandes For information behind the photograph, see Documents on the Holocaust: Selected Sources on the Destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland, and the Soviet Union (Eighth Edition) Compiled and edited by Yitzhak Arad, Yisrael Gutman, and Abraham Margaliot Translations by Lea Ben Dor Introduction by Steven T. Katz

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