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Oral history interview with Leonas Levinskas

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Leonas Levinskas
Date
2008 June 26  (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 11:09:50
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