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Oral history interview with Aldona Arbačiauskienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.179 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0179

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Aldona Arbačiauskienė, born in Rūkų (Rukai), Lithuania in 1923, discusses the prewar Jewish community in her town; joining komsomol, a communist youth organization, during the first Soviet occupation; falling ill with pneumonia; her arrest as a communist by Lithuanians who collaborated with German forces; being taken with Jewish prisoners to a makeshift prison in the national guard’s hall in Skuodas, Lithuania; living conditions in the prison; torture by Lithuanian collaborators; German anti-Jewish violence; her attempted execution; the outbreak of fighting between Russians and Germans; escaping the killing site; being recaptured and returned to the prison; reuniting with her aunt and uncle; sexual assault in the prison; being released with her aunt; walking home; the psychological effects of her imprisonment; participating in postwar trials against Lithuanian collaborators; and nearly being deported to Siberia after the war.

Interviewee
Aldona Arbačiauskienė
Date
2007 April 18  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
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
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:07:15
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