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According to Hana Shaf-Brener, Pavel Soloveichik, a lawyer, lived in Shkud.
Jewish Gen’s Lithuania Tax and Voters Lists database records the Soloveichiks in Shkud from 1894. Pavel Soloveychik appears in the 1915 record. At that time, he was 20 years old, living with his parents (his father’s name was Eliash), and preparing to become a pharmacist’s assistant. The Lithuania Marriages database records that Pavel, son of Elijas and Ester (nee Sartan) was married in Kaunas in 1938 to Joana (nee Budrik), daughter of Jurgis and Mariaja (nee Shopag). We can see from the surnames that Joana was not born into a Jewish family. The Marriages database also informs us that Pavel had a brother, Moishe. Moishe Soloveichik, a mailman, born in Skuodas in 1896, married Khana Palovin in 1922.
The document Jews in the Memory of Skuodas People (see the link on this page) records that “If they had to deal with legal matters, the people of Skuodas usually turned for help to the private lawyer Povilas Soloveicikas, who lived on Vytauto Street” (10).
Hana Shaf-Brener cites eyewitness testimony given at the trial of Nazi war criminals in Klaipeda in March 1964 (Shaf-Brener 8). Shaf-Brener explains that one of the witnesses was Joana Soloveicik, the daughter of a Lithuanian shoemaker, who converted and married the Jewish lawyer, Soloveicik. The couple had a daughter, Genya. “With her daughter Genya, she [Joana Soloveichik] was driven out [of Skuodas, to the concentration camp at Dimitravas] together with the women. … ‘Genya and I walked with 500 women. It was very hard, we threw things away. Whoever could not walk, they put into the ditches at the side of the road and we heard shots. To turn your head back was absolutely forbidden,’ Genya and her mother testified” (Shaf-Brener 23). Shaf-Brener further explains, “Genya Solovichik, the daughter of the lawyer Solovichik and his Lithuanian wife from Shkud, Joana, who survived, were also witnesses. Genya herself told [Shaf-Brener] that when she and her mother were driven out with fifteen girls from Dimitravas to Darbenai, at night a Lithuanian cousin of her mother came, and with bottles of wine [as bribes] managed to release them both” (10).
As of November 2013, Yad Vashem provides no information on the Soloveichik family in Shkud.