PRIEST

ANTANAS GOBIS

1906 - 1995

Recognized 1979 

Buried in churchyard in Rokiškis church

Rokiškis, Lithuania

Graveyard coordinates:
55, 96 43 00 (š. pl.)

25, 58 29 51 (r. ilg.)

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GRAVE SITE

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PRIEST ANTANAS GOBIS

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MARKED GRAVESTONE

When the Germans invaded Lithuania, 12-year-old Judith Zakstein was at a summer camp in Palanga. After the Germans took control of the camp, they separated the Jewish children from the non-Jewish, but since Zakstein had an “Aryan” appearance, she was moved with the non-Jewish children to a children’s home in Panevėžys. The director of the institution and one of the teachers, who did not want Zakstein to be handed over to the Germans, began looking for a safe shelter for her. They contacted Antanas Gobis, a local priest, who said he was prepared to help the Jewish child, and throughout the time of the occupation, Zakstein remained under his protection. Gobis obtained false papers for her and took her to the home of his Lithuanian friends who lived in the town of Pušalotas, where she stayed in relative safety until the liberation. So that his friends could provide Zakstein with all her needs, Gobis regularly sent them money and food. He also frequently visited Zakstein to give her emotional support and true fatherly affection. The special bond that developed during the occupation between the Lithuanian priest and the Jewish girl was preserved even after the war. For many years, Gobis treated Zakstein (later Vainberg) as if she were his own family, and her children called him “Grandfather.” 
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PRIEST ANTANAS GOBIS
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JUDITA ZAKŠTEINAITĖ - VAINBERGIENĖ IS SECOND ON THE LEFT
RESCUED PERSONS:
Judita Zakšteinaitė - Vainbergienė

Judita Zakšteinaitė - Vainbergienė

INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM:
db.yadvashem.org
Pictures were given by Golda Tatz 
 
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