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Dov Lopatyn was the head of the Judenrat in Łachwa, Poland (now Lakhva, Belarus) in 1941-1942. He refused the demand of the Einsatzgruppen that the Lakhva Ghetto inhabitants line up for deportation, and on September 3, 1942, he led one of the first ghetto uprisings of the war.[1]

More than half of the ghetto population was either killed in the fighting or taken to nearby pits and shot. A number did escape to the Pripet Marshes, where some joined partisan units. Lopatyn joined a communist partisan unit, and was killed on February 21, 1944 by a landmine.


  1. This Month in Holocaust History: September 3, 1942. Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. [1] (last accessed October 1, 2010)

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