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Oral history interview with Vanda Kukule

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.60 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0060

Vanda Kukule, born in Latvia, describes the prewar Jewish population in Dagda; the arrival of German forces in her town; the arrest of Jews by Aizsargi; hearing gunfire at night and seeing the bodies of Jewish victims near her home the next day; details of the mass grave in which some victims were buried alive; the looting of Jewish shops; the shooting of a Jewish neighbor in his home by a policeman; corpses being taken to the riverbank; the destruction of the local synagogue; seeing German soldiers in 1944 take bodies out of burial pits and then set fire to them; the arrest of her family and transfer to the Daugavpils ghetto; her sister’s transfer to work in Germany; and her family’s return home.


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Interviewee
Vanda Kukule
Date
interview:  2007 January 07
Extent
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:46:24
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