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Oral history interview with Juozas Dagys

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

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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.

Interviewee
Juozas Dagys
Date
2000 August 16  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 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 10:52:53
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