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Oral history interview with Juozas Dagys

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.57 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0057

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    Oral history interview with Juozas Dagys


    Interview Summary
    Juozas Dagys, born in Lithuania, describes the life of his family in Debeikiai before the war; his relationships with the prewar Jewish community of his hometown; the announcement that Lithuania was a free country; local townspeople rounding up the Jewish population and locking them in the courtyard of the jail; Soviet policemen arriving and freeing the prisoners; local townspeople attempting to kill a group of Jews, succeeding in injuring some; the arrest of the perpetrators by German soldiers because of the use of grenades during the attack; the forced labor of the Jewish community; the imprisonment of the Jewish population by German forces; the deportation of the Jewish community to Utena, Lithuania; a pogrom organized by German soldiers, including the looting of Jewish homes and burning of Jewish books; playing in empty Jewish-owned houses; and a local priest who defended the Jewish community.
    Juozas Dagys
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2000 August 16
    creation: Debeikiai (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Dagys, Juozas.

    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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