1923 - 2005
Buried in Ramygala cemetery,
Panevežys district, Lithuania
55, 71 08 35 (š. pl.)
24, 37 65 71 (r. ilg.)
Juozas Markevičius lived in a khutor near Subačius, Panevėžys County, with his wife, Stefa, and their seven children. Shortly after the Germans invaded Lithuania, Markevičius agreed to shelter Wolf Kushnir, his two daughters Sonia and Asia and his son Josef in the granary of his farmstead. The whole family – including his wife, Elena, his sons, Romualdas (Romas), and the twins Jonas and Vladas, and his daughters, Marijona and Valerija – were instrumental in the survival of their wards. The two youngest daughters, Regina and Jadvyga, although aware of the presence of strangers, knew they had to keep it secret. Conditions in the hiding place were very cramped and harsh. The danger of discovery was ever present and, in 1943, the Kushnirs decided to join a group of Jews who were being used by a German official to build a home in Panevežys. The overseer of the group was a Jew named Szpinadel and he allowed the Kushnirs to join the workers, without registering them. One of the workers was 16-year-old Shalom Sorenzon, originally from Wilno (Vilnius). One day in September, the workers were told that the group was to be moved to a new location and knowing that meant their death they all decided to escape. The Kushnirs returned to the Markevičius khutor, now accompanied by three other Jews, including Szpinadel. Shortly thereafter, Sorenzon arrived at the hiding place, too. Altogether there were eight people hiding with the Markevičiuses. It was no small feat to find food for so many people, and to look after all their other needs, as well. Sorenzon remained for two months and then moved on. After the war, Juozas Markevičius and two of his children, Romualdas and Valerija, were exiled to Siberia by the Soviet authorities for their family was considered too wealthy. The other family members avoided deportation by hiding.
FIRST ROW FROM THE LEFT: JADVYGA, MOTHER ELENA, FATHER JUOZAPAS, MARIJONA, REGINA.
SECOND ROW FROM THE LEFT: ROMUALDAS, VALERIJA, JONAS
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Volfo Kušnerio vaikai Sonia, Asia ir Josefas