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Kovno Ghetto Sealed

Jews move their belongings into the Kovno ghetto.

Jews move their belongings into the Kovno ghetto. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of George Kadish/Zvi Kadushin More information about this photograph

August 15, 1941

German authorities seal off the Kovno (Kaunas; Yiddish: Kovne) ghetto, with approximately 30,000 Jewish inhabitants. The ghetto was in an area of small primitive houses and no running water. It had two parts, called the “small” and “large” ghetto, separated by Paneriu Street. Each ghetto was overcrowded, enclosed by barbed wire, and closely guarded.