February 17, 2012

Vitka Kempner Kovner, Vilna Partisan, Dies: Credited With First Act of Sabotage Against Nazis in Ghetto (Itzik Gottesman, February 16, 2012, Forward)

The legendary Vilna partisan Vitka Kempner Kovner died on February 15.

Widow of the poet and partisan leader Abba Kovner, she was born in the Polish town of Kalisz in 1920 and escaped from there to Vilna when the Germans invaded Poland. [...]

Her act of sabotage act, blowing up a Nazi train, was the first carried out by the FPO organization and possibly the first act of resistance by any woman against the Nazis in Eastern Europe.

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