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Algirdas Savickis

Polish: Olgierd Sawicki
Also Known As: "Savickas", "Savitzkis"
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Death: 1943 (25-26)
Kaunas, Kaunas City Council, Kaunas County, Lithuania (Killed by Nazies in Kaunas geto)
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Son of Jurgis Savickis and Ida Savickis
Husband of Julika Savicka
Brother of Augustinas Savickas
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About Algirdas Savickis

Algirdas Savickis (born on September 10, 1917, in Copenhagen, Denmark, † October 1, 1943 in the Kaunas ghetto, General District of Lithuania, Reichskommissariat Ostland) was a Lithuanian painter who was murdered during German occupation of Lithuania.

Algirdas Savickis was the eldest of two sons of the Lithuanian diplomat Jurgis Savickis and his wife, the dentist Ida Trakiner-Savickienė (1894-1944). His mother was Jewess from St. Petersburg, daughter of Leon Trakiner - owner of the glass-product manufacturing factory. The younger brother of Algirdas was the painter Augustinas Savickas (1919-2012), later also an art critic, university teacher and author.

Due to the diplomatic activity of their father, Algirdas and Augistunas were born in the Danish capital and from 1923 to 1927 lived in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

Jurgis Savickis (Algirdas' father) was interested in art and, contrary to the wishes of his parents, had changed his study major of agriculture to the benefit of painting. However, the outbreak of World War I forced him to drop his studies.

Algirdas developed interest in painting very early. From 1930 to 1935 Algirdas was in Germany the students about this time of Jaap Kool led outdoor school community in Wickersdorf in Saalfeld, a musically oriented educational reform country boarding home in the Thuringian Forest . At the boarding school, 14-year-old Algirdas accused his teacher Otto Peltzer of sexual abuse at the beginning of 1933 . He was not alone in that; also his two years younger schoolmate Arnold Ernst Fanck (1919-1994), son of the well-known German film director Arnold Fanck, claimed the same charge against Peltzer. The former student Hans-Heinz sands (1914-2003), who was a boarder from 1928 to 1932 in Wickersdorf, a nephew of the local politician Bruno Asch and son of his brother Hans, recalled in his 1990 published Autobiography of the " Eros Paidekos , to whom much homage was paid in this school", specifically sexual assaults by Peltzer and other teachers.

In 1935, the parents of Algirdas divorced; his younger brother Augustinas therefore returned to Kaunas with his mother. After completing his university entrance exam , Algirdas studied English in Germany and Switzerland; another source is England as a place of study. In 1938, he moved to his mother's home in Kaunas, Lithuania, where he married a Jewish girl named Julija and adopted her baby Regina. From 1938 to 1940 he studied at the Lithuanian Art School Kauno meno mokyklą (KMM) and worked in 1940 at the University of Kaunas. During this time, his mother was living in France and in Belgium, his younger brother Augustinas studied 1939-40 at the University of Geneva Sociology.

On August 3, 1940, Lithuania became Soviet. During the German-Soviet War the occupation of Lithuania by the German Wehrmacht took place in June and July 1941 . Shortly thereafter, there were pogroms by Einsatzgruppen of the Security Police and the SD as well as by Lithuanian volunteers and so-called protective teams(SchuMa) Thousands of Jews killed in the street. In this environment, his younger brother Augustinas had managed to flee to the Soviet Union. Because of their Jewish origin, his mother had to chew Ida and Algirdas' young wife into the ghetto set up by the Germans. Relatives and friends who tried to persuade Algirdas not to go to the ghetto under any circumstances did not want to leave his family there alone. Julija's sick sister and her mother were also in the ghetto.

One day, the young couple were selected for execution ; on the way, Algirdas carried the baby in his arms. His wife tried to convince the guards that they were Lithuanians and showed Algirdas' Lithuanian passport. Finally, a sentry showed pity or insight and allowed them to secretly return to the ghetto after waiting until nightfall in an underground sewer. Algirdas did forced labor, which usually took place at military locations outside the city, and had the Jewish starwear on his clothes. Food rations were allocated for the work, but these were far too small to guarantee the survival of the forced laborers, especially their relatives in the ghetto. Therefore, the ghetto residents sold their belongings to shop for groceries. As a result, they were forced into the ghetto for illegal food smuggling. In order to visit his relatives outside the ghetto, to receive food for his family, and to hear the news of the war, Algirdas at times removed the Jewish star from his clothes. Beginning in August 1942, controls on ghetto access were significantly strengthened to prevent the possession of cash and stop food smuggling into the ghetto.

Despite countless humiliations and humiliations, Algirdas stayed with his family in the ghetto to assist. Repeated attempts by his relatives and friends to persuade him to leave his family were unsuccessful. On the evening of October 1, 1943, Algirdas was on his way home with his wife when both were stopped by a ghetto guard and questioned. Algirdas patiently replied that he and his wife had come home from work to go back to the ghetto. Guardsman Kučinskas looked Juliaja in the face and pulled her arm close. Algirdas then turned an arm on the back of the sentry and called to his wife to run away in zigzags because he apparently expected targeted shots, and get help. From a distance she heard a shot after a while. When she returned a little later with helpers, Algirdas was in his blood. The sentry allowed no assistance and blew him for more than two hours.

Algirdas Savickis died at the age of 26 and was buried in the ghetto cemetery Vilijampolė (Slabodka) with great concern of the ghetto residents. Algirdas' wife Julia and his adopted daughter Regina were after a short time later taking place liquidation of the ghetto in the Stutthof concentration camp spent where they by the Lithuanian author Balys Sruoga received support and survived. His mother Ida Trakiner-Savickienė died in 1944 by suicide.

Apie Algirdas Savickis (Lietuvių)

Algirdas Savickis gimė Kopenhagoje 1917 metais, o žuvo 1943 metais Kauno gete, todėl meno pasaulyje spėjo palikti tik keletą pėdsakų ir yra labiausiai žinomas kaip Lietuvos dailės klasiko Augustino Savicko brolis.

Tiek Algirdas, tiek Augustinas – Lietuvos diplomato J.Savickio ir žydės medikės Idos Trakiner sūnūs – nuo mažų dienų linko į dailę.

Algirdas Savickis po studijų Vokietijoje ir Šveicarijoje Algirdas pradėjo mokytis tapybos pas profesorių Justiną Vienožinskį, dėsčiusį Kauno meno mokykloje.

Pamilęs žydaitę Juliką, drauge su ja ir įdukra Regina - Algirdas pasitraukė gyventi į Kauno getą, kur tragiškai žuvo nušautas sargybinio.

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Algirdas Savickis's Timeline

October 22, 1917
Copenhagen, Denmark
Age 25
Kaunas, Kaunas City Council, Kaunas County, Lithuania