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Oral history interview with Leonas Levinskas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.223 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0223

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    Oral history interview with Leonas Levinskas


    Interview Summary
    Leonas Levinkas, born Žagarė, Lithuania in 1931, discusses the founding of the Lithuanian Activists Front when the war broke out; the imprisonment of the town’s Jewish community in a ghetto; the ghetto’s Lithuanian guards; villagers bribing guards to bring food to the prisoners in the ghetto; being told about a mass shooting of Jewish men; hearing a mass killing of Jewish women and children; seeing the burial pits; the emotional and mental breakdown of one of the local participants in the shooting; the organized looting and auction of Jewish property; and his mother’s arrest for writing a letter of protest about what was happening in the town.
    Leonas Levinskas
    Alicija Žukauskaitė
    interview:  2008 June 26
    creation: Žagarė (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
    Levinskas, Leonas.

    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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