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Oral history interview with Ignat Šimkeen

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.61 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0061

Ignat Šimkeen, born in 1933 in Daugavpils, Latvia, describes the Jewish families who lived in his neighborhood before the war; German soldiers sending Jews to the ghetto and appropriating their apartments; restrictions placed on the Jews, including the wearing of yellow star badges and not being allowed to walk on pedestrian sidewalks; a mass shooting of Jews in 1942, including the panic displayed once the Jews realized they were going to be killed, the mass burial site, and seeing a policeman with a bundle of gold items taken from murdered Jews; local townspeople staying inside of their homes during the mass shooting; German soldiers spraying the mass murder site with chemicals in 1943; local townspeople refusing to help two Soviet prisoners of war who had escaped from the German forces; and the punishment after the war for those who took clothes from the murdered Jews.

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Šimkeen, Ignat
interview:  2007 January 07
1 videocassette (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: 2022-07-28 19:53:35
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