ELENA (ŽALINKEVIČAITĖ) PETRAUSKIENĖ
1900 - 1986
Buried in Rasos cemetery,
54, 66 87 89 (š. pl.)
25, 30 36 71 (r. ilg.)
ELENA PETRAUSKIENĖ, NEXT TO HER IS AUŠRA, IN FRONT WITH WHITE DRESS IS DANUTĖ
Kipras Petrauskas, the tenor singer and one of the founders of the National Lithuanian Opera, lived, during the years of the German occupation, in Kaunas, with his wife Elena Žalinkevičaite - Petrauskienė, a well-known actress and poet. In the spring of 1942, Petrauskas was asked to provide shelter for a six-month-old Dana Pomeranz, the daughter of a violinist Daniel Pomeranz, a famous musician in a pre-war Lithuania. Petrauskas and his wife gave their agreement, and one day a baby girl was smuggled from the Ghetto and brought to the Petrauskas’ home. Since the Petrauskas family was rather famous in Lithuania and many people were interested in their private life, giving shelter to a Jewish baby was enormously risky for them. So, after a short while they chose to leave the city.
Together with the Jewish infant and their own three children, the Petrauskases moved first to a village, then, in 1944, to Austria and later to Germany. Throughout all these moves, the Petrauskases treated little Dana with warmth and devotion. In 1947, when they returned to Lithuania, the Petrauskases located Dana’s parents and returned their daughter to them safe and sound. Dana remained in close touch with her rescuers, regarding them as a second set of parents. Like her biological father, Dana Pomeranz-Mazurkevich became a violinist.
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"It was a very painful period for me. I was a six-year-old child, very accustomed to Petrauskas, Elena was a wonderful woman. It has been that in the middle of the night I went out of my parents' home and went to Zaliakalnis at Petrauskas. For me, Petrauskiene was a symbol of humanity and humanism in those terrible years of war and post-war, and Petrauskas family loved me so much that I never thought I had other parents. When I described my life, asking Elena Žalinkevičaite-Petrauskienė to be recognized as the Righteous Among the Nations, I wrote that her love for me was hotter than the sun, ”
Danutė Pomerancaitė - Mazurkevič tells in the movie
ELENA WITH DANUTE
Danutė Pomerancaitė - Mazurkevič
DANUTĖ POMERANCAITĖ ON THE LEFT
AUŠRA PETRAUSKAITĖ DON THE RIGHT