*1877 - 1944
*Recognized in 1980
Kalvarija cemetery, Marijampole district
About the rescuer and the rescue story
The son of a large farmer, Pranas Kupris, went to America at a young age and lived there for 7 years. While living in America, he not only learned about life, but also broadened his horizons. At his mother's request, he returned to Lithuania and started a family. Antanas married Ieva, the daughter of wealthy farmers Vaučeskas, and they raised five children - Ona, Petras, Antanas, Juozas and Jonas. They lived in the village of Vaitkabali, Vilkaviškis district.
In 1944, at the request of priest Vytas Baltutis, the Kurpaitis family took in four people of Jewish origin, three of whom were children at the time - Miriam, Iser, Masha and Esther Gail for six months. The Kurpaitis family hid and cared for these people for six months until the area was occupied by the Soviets in October 1944.
Rescued persons (Yad Vashem website):
Miriam Gail (Rabinovich),
Esther Gail (Spektor),
Masha Gail (Yaron)
The Kupraitis family. Sitting from left: Ieva Kupraitienė, Jonas Kupraitis, Antanas Kupraitis, Ona Kupraitytė. Standing: Petras Kupraitis, Juozas Kupraitis, Antanas Kupraitis
Jonas, Juozas, Antanas, Petras and Ona Kupraitis
Jonas Kupraitis with Esther Gail (Spektor) and Masha Gail (Yaron)