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Oral history interview with Dora Kelpshiene

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1503 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1503

The interview describes Ms. Kelpshiene's childhood in Laukuva, Lithuania; the occupation by Soviet troops in 1940-1941; the invasion by Nazi troops in June 1941; her brother's arrest by the SS; being sent with her mother and sister to do forced labor in nearby Geruliai; the hardships they endured; recounts the assembly of all Jews in September 1941; the separation of those over 15 and under 30 who were sent to the ghetto in Telsiai; her mother's pretense that she was Ms. Kelpshiene's sister, thus escaping the massacre that ensued; being hidden by families in the area, separated from her mother and sister; her fear of discovery; her mother and sister's betrayal and murders; describes her experiences immediately after the war in Varniai, and the assistance she received from American relatives.

Dora Kelpshiene
interview:  1991 September 06
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:42:34
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