Boruch Golden's violin

Boruch Golden's violin

A childsize violin that belonged to Boruch Golden (Gordon), who was killed along with his mother and brother at the Ponary killing site in September 1943. 

Boruch was born in 1930, and was one of four children. His parents, Moshe and Basia Golden (Gordon), raised their family in Swieciany (Svencionys), Lithuania. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the family was forced into the Swieciany ghetto. When that ghetto was later liquidated in 1943, the family was sent to the Vilna ghetto. Later that year, the Vilna ghetto was also liquidated. Boruch, only 13 years old at the time, was murdered at Ponary along with his mother and brother.

The violin was saved by his sister, Niusia (now Anna Nodel), who survived the war in hiding.


  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of Regina Gordon and Anna Nodel
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