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Oral history interview with Chaja Goldenštein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.152 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0152

Chaja Goldenštein, born in 1927 in Varniai, Lithuania, describes the bombing of Varniai; being roundup by local Nazi collaborators; her forced labor looking for gold; stealing gold she found; being sent to Viešvėnai and then the Telsiai ghetto; being transported to the camp in Geruliai; the mass shooting of Jewish men, including her father; living in the Telsiai ghetto; escaping from the ghetto; being caught by the Baltaraiščiai (Lithuanian collaborators); escaping to the forest; surviving a mass shooting and climbing out of a mass grave; hiding on a farm near Telšiai; staying with a friend named Juozas Mikutis near Varniai for several months; staying for one night with her school teacher Mr. Liutkus in Žarėnai; going to Karkliškiai and staying with the Vasiliauskas family; the local priest Juozas Gasiūnas, who saved seven Jews during the war; meeting Father Gasiūnas; asking to be baptized and receiving the name Rozalija Teresė; living with her friend Danielius Radavičius; being captured by the local Nazi collaborators and imprisoned in the basement of the Varniai prison; being freed by the head of police, Chief Mečius; going to Father Gasiūnas in Tverai; and serving as a witness for Chief Mečius during a tribunal after the war.

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Goldenštein, Chaja
Žukauskaitė, Alicija
interview:  2006 August 22
creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
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: 2022-06-24 20:08:28
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