Proposed Keidan Memorial Plaque
- I fully agree with Harvey Kaplan that the proposed Keidan Memorial
Plaque should be put somewhere obvious where the municipality can
keep an eye on it, as opposed to the mass grave site way out in the
woods near the Keidan airstrip. I think that somewhere on the main
square (either on one of the 2 former synagogues or on the vacant
piece of land more towards the middle of the square where the market
used to be) would be better than the old Keidan cemetery in terms of
both visibility and accessibility. In other words, more people would
see it in the main square than in the cemetery or elsewhere.
I also agree with Ken Camber's cousin Jackie in Israel that the
project should be kept modest in cost. Not only in terms of the
current economy, but so that it's not valuable enough that one of the
locals could remove it to sell it for scrap (my late father, Sam
Greenblatt, was in the scrap metal business in upstate NY, so
automatically that's the first concern that came to my mind).
The major point I want to make though is to please be aware that it
wasn't just the Jews of Keidan that were murdered on that terrible
day of 28 August 1941 (2 Elul). On that day the Jews of Shat (Seta)
and Zheim (Zeimiai), were rounded up and transported by truck to
Keidan, where they were killed on that same site along with the Jews
of Keidan. Ken, as you probably know, amongst them were members of
the Camber family from Seta.
Thus it is <i>very</i> important that any Keidan Memorial Plaque pay
tribute to the destroyed Jewish Communities of Seta and Zeimiai in
addition to Keidan itself. On that day those 3 Jewish Communities
were eternally united together in their tragic fate.
According to the Yager Report, a total of 2,600 Jews were murdered at
the mass gravesite in Keidan. However, that figure is undoubtedly
incorrect (a guess on my part is that the figure for Keidan alone
would have been at least that amount). It is estimated that at least
3,200 Jews died there in all.
I believe that Seta-born Joe Woolf of Israel submitted Pages of
Testimony for all known Jews from Seta who were murdered during the
Shoah. In addition to Keidan, on a separate day one transport of
Seta Jews went to the one of the infamous killing Forts of Kaunas,
and on the way it possibly may have stopped in Keidan to pick up more
- Hi SallyThanks for the information. I think it would be very beneficial and helpful if you contacted these people as you have met them personally. There is nothing like personal contact. Perhaps you could ifnd out who would be the person to contact in the municipality regarding the idea of erecting and maintaining a plaque/memorial in the central sqare in Kedain and ask your contacts how to do it and would it be welcomed by the local authorities?RegardsJackie