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Oral history interview with Algimantas Gureckas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2010.351 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0608

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    Oral history interview with Algimantas Gureckas


    Interview Summary
    Algimantas Gureckas, born June 2, 1923, in Tauragė, Lithuania, discusses his early childhood and his memories of good relations amongst nationalities and religious communities in Lithuania; his family’s openness about religion and lack of discrimination towards Jews; their move to Panevėžys; his family’s mistrust of Poles following the Polish invasion of Vilnius; the 1939 German occupation of Klaipėda; his feelings on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; how the invasion of Poland changed Lithuanian attitudes towards Poles; his involvement in a voluntary organization formed to defend Lithuania; the October 10, 1939 treaty between the Soviet Union and Lithuania; how he volunteered to fight against the German occupation, but was denied the opportunity by the recruiting officer; the Russian occupation of Lithuania; his feelings that the Jewish community betrayed Lithuania because many of its members supported the Russian occupation; seeing the German invasion as liberation from the threat of deportation to Siberia; the establishment of his town’s ghetto; popular feelings about the killing of the town’s Jews; attending university in Vilnius; the Lithuanian boycott of German goods; attempts to establish SS legions; his membership in a resistance movement against Nazis; his draft into the Reich Labor Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst) and service near the island of Rügen off the coast of Germany; his move to East Prussia because of the inevitable takeover by Russian forces; being forced to work in the Luftwaffe; his move to Munich and reunion with his mother; Munich’s liberation by American troops; and immigration to and life in the United States.
    Algimantas Gureckas
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2010 October 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Oral histories.
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    Ina Navazelskis, Program Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Algimantas Gureckas on October 14, 2010. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 2010.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
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