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Grandfather Moshe
My grandfather, who was born in Wysokie Litewskie in 1906 to Frieda and Israel Friedman:

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Grandfather Moshe Friedman

My grandfather was one of 5 siblings. It was a very wealthy family. They owned the wheat trade in town and also the electric company – then in its beginning stage.

He knew my grandmother Ahuva Zajac, known as Leiba, in Wysokie Litewskie. In 1933, he came to Eretz Israel. She arrived in 1934 on a fictiitious marriage certificate, and they were officially married in Israel.

My mother remembers that her parents told her about a story passed on by someone who lived in Wysokie and immigrated to Russia: During WW2, the whole family hid in a bunker next to the Polish school in the city. A bit before the end of the war, someone informed on their hiding place and they were shot to death in the mass grave in the center of town.

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Moshe Friedman


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Translated text of reverse:
As a souvenir
For my friend upon his departure for Eretz Israel,
I send you my photo
Moshe Friedman
Visoke Lit November 16th 1932

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Notes: Mass grave in the center of town: the Germans commonly held executions at the point of arrest and sometimes the victims were buried on the spot. This is the only known mention of a mass grave at the center of town, presumably in the market square. Stories tell of one or more mass graves in the meadow just south of the town center. A bit before the end of the war: this is the only known account of anyone surviving the liquidation of the Wysokie Ghetto, long before the end of the war.

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