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Oral history interview with Aldona Arbačiauskienė

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

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    Oral history interview with Aldona Arbačiauskienė


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Aldona Arbačiauskienė
    Alicija Žukauskaitė
    interview:  2007 April 18
    creation: Buivydiškės (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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    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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