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Oral history interview with Chaja Goldenštein

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

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    Oral history interview with Chaja Goldenštein


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Chaja Goldenštein
    Alicija Žukauskaitė
    interview:  2006 August 22
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Goldenštein, Chaja.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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