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July 10, 1941

Hidden History: Establishment of the Kovno Ghetto

Across Nazi-occupied territory, many Jews engaged in quieter forms of resistance—acts of spiritual and intellectual defiance. Between July and August 15, 1941, the Germans concentrated the remaining Jews of Kovno, Lithuania, in a ghetto. People confined to ghettos in Kovno and elsewhere created clandestine archives to record their hopes and fears. These secret collections included diaries, artwork, photographs, and meticulous daily chronicles of life in these urban prisons. The materials serve as enduring testimony of humanity, even in the face of a system designed for degradation and murder. 

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