PRIEST
JUOZAPAS STAKAUSKAS

1900 - 1972

Recognized 1974 

Buried in churchyard in Žasliai church,

Kaišiadoriai district, Lithuania

Graveyard coordinates:
54,86 14 46 (š. pl.)

24,59 31 55 (r. ilg.)

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GRAVE SITE

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PRIEST JUOZAPAS STAKAUSKAS
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MARKED GRAVESTONE

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Before the war, Juozas Stakauskas (b.1899) studied theology and philosophy in Austria. After receiving his doctorate, he returned to his homeland, where he was appointed director of a government archive in the city. When the Germans occupied Lithuania, Stakauskas, who had moved to Wilno (Vilnius), learned that they were murdering Jews, and motivated by his religious faith, decided to rescue as many as he could. Stakauskas applied to the local governor, asking that he allocate him staff that he needed for archival work. He was given ten workers from the local ghetto, and during the Aktionen carried out by the Germans in the ghetto, those Jews remained under his protection. Later, the authorities designated an additional building for the government archives in the former Benedictine monastery, so constructed that it was a virtual labyrinth. At this stage, Stakauskas felt it was the right time to completely conceal the Jewish workers in the archives. Along with his childhood friend Vladas Žemaitis, a carpenter and physics teacher, they prepared a hiding place for the Jews in one of the rooms of the new building, deliberately omitting it in the diagram of the building submitted to the authorities. In September 1943, 12 Jews, among them three children, entered a secret chamber. It was a rather risky endeavor, since during the day people, including Germans, worked in the archives. Stakauskas appealed for help to Maria Mikulska, a nun and French teacher, who during the Nazi occupation worked in the archive as a night guard. Mikulska warned the Jews of any changes in the work order, and, together with Stakauskas and Žemaitis, managed to obtain and bring food to those hiding. At night Mikulska could take some of them to her room were they washed themselves. Sara and Jakov Jaffe and their daughter Monika, Jakov’s sister Fira (Esther Kantarovich), Aleksander and Vera Libo, and their daughter Luba (later Gilon), Grigori- Jašunski with his wife Irena, Miriam Rolnik (later Lisauskienė), Mita Markovska and her son Samuel Bak (who later became a famous painter), stayed in hiding until their liberation, on July 14, 1944. 
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RESCUED PERSONS:
Aleksandras Libo
Vera Libo
Liuba Libo
Jakovas Jaffe
Sofia Jaffe
Monika Jaffe
Mita Markovska (Bak)
Samuelis Bakas
Grigorijus Jašunskis (Jaszunski)
Irena Jašunska (Jaszunska)
Ester (Fira) Jaffe - Kantorovič
Miriam (Mira) Rolnikaitė  - Lisauskienė
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MIRIAM ROLNIKAITĖ - LISAUSKIENĖ

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