Sara Henkin. Courtesy of Lithuanian State Central Archive.
82 years ago, the horrific Šeduva Jewish massacre shook the town to its core. In just two days, countless shopkeepers, pharmacists, and skilled artisans lost their lives, leaving a devastating toll of around 700 victims.
Among those who perished was Sara Henkin. Born in Baisogala but a resident of Šeduva for many years, Sara's family had moved there when her father became the town's rabbi, a position he held until his untimely death.
Sara was a bright and ambitious individual. She worked as a teacher at the local high school and pursued economics studies at Vytautas Magnus University. In Šeduva, she, together with her mother, led an organization that empowered women to study religious texts.
In 1940, Sara embarked on a new chapter of her life, marrying a talented young rabbi named Pinchas Broide. It was a joyous union, but tragically, their happiness was short-lived. At the tender age of thirty-one, Sara's life was cut short, and the entire Henkin family met a heartbreaking fate.