Yitzhak Wittenberg (1907 - 1943)

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Death: Died in Vilnius, Vilnius Region, Lithuania
Cause of death: Swallowed poison
Managed by: Pam Karp
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About Yitzhak Wittenberg

Yitzhak Wittenberg (1907—July 16, 1943) was a Jewish resistance fighter in Vilna during World War II. He became famous as the leader of the Fareynikte Partizaner Organizatsye - FPO, a resistance group in the Vilna Ghetto. When the Germans learned about the existence of the group, they made a request to the head of the Jewish council, Jacob Gens, that Wittenberg should be surrended to them. Gens invited Wittenberg among others to his office where he had him arrested and later handed him over to the Gestapo.

The FPO managed to free Wittenberg. When the Germans threatened to raze the Ghetto and kill all inmates, Wittenberg surrendered himself to the Gestapo. He was later found dead in his prison cell, presumably having swallowed poison. It has been speculated, that Gens had slipped the poison to Wittenberg earlier.

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July 16, 1943
Age 36
Vilnius, Vilnius Region, Lithuania