Relationship Family/ Pre-Marriage Name First Name Father’s Name Mother’s Name Occupation or Nickname Place of birth/ Residence Age or birth date Place and date of death
Husband Epshtein Leizer-Ber Without children Fabric shop Shkud 60 Shkud
Wife Epshtein Yehudit Without children Housewife and fabric shop Shkud 58 Side of the road 17.07.41

According to Shaf-Brener, Leizer-Ber Epshtein, who worked in a fabric shop, was married to Yehudit, who also worked in the shop. The couple had no children.

A photograph of an A [?] Epstein, together with other members of the Gemara Society, appears on p. 27 of Kehilat Shkud. It is unclear how A. Epstein was related to Leizer-Ber.

We have, however, some information related to the death of Mrs. (Yehudit?) Epshtein. According to Shaf-Brener, “Mrs. Epstein of Ylakiai Street was shot on the way to Dimitravas and buried in a pit along the road” (11). Shaf-Brener goes on to provide more details: “She [the witness] lived along the road that leads to Dimitravas, and saw women being shot in the ditches. She saw pregnant woman and one woman giving birth. The women were tired. One of them, Mrs. Epstein, was bleeding from the mouth, and was shot on the spot (Eyewitness account of Kaubriene, quoted in Shaf-Brener 23). A newspaper account bound together with Shaf-Brener’s book cites the following trial testimony: “A few women [on the road to Dimitravas] were already dead. One, still living, had a spurt of blood on her neck. Vysniauskas beat her with a gun. That woman was Erbsteiniene. I told him, “let the woman die quietly.” He answered, “do you want to die right now for those words?” (V. Miniotas and S. Laurinaitis, http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Skuodas1/sku106.html#Page110).

According to JewishGen’s Lithuania database, an Eliahu Zev Epshtein lived in Skuodas in 1898; he had a brother, Levi Halevi (Hamelitz Database). According to JewishGen’s Marriages database, Max Epshtein (from Latvia) married Hinda Rauze Aizen in Skuodas, 1929. Another Epshtein, Eliezer Dov, was killed in Skuodas in 1941 (Kehilat Shkud, 64). It is unclear how all these Epsteins were related to each other or to Leizer Ber and Yehudit.

According to Yad Vashem, “Shulamit Epshtein nee Zegenheim was born in Shkod, Lithuania. She was a housewife and married to Leizer. Prior to WWII she lived in Shkod, Lithuania. During the war she was in Shkod, Lithuania. Shulamit was murdered/perished in Shkod, Lithuania at the age of 55. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted by her relative” (http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=687556&language=en).