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Oral history interview with Ona Eigelienė

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.58 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0058

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    Oral history interview with Ona Eigelienė


    Interview Summary
    Ona Eigelienė, born in 1919 in Debeikiai, Lithuania, describes her family and the prewar Jewish community of Debeikiai; the persecution of the Jewish population upon the arrival of German forces; the forced labor of local Jews at the manor in which she and her family worked, including how poorly they were fed and how she attempted to help them; the torture of young Jewish girls by partisans at the manor; the mass murder of Jews by Nazi collaborators; an attempt by partisans to kill a group of Jews with grenades; bringing food to the Jews wounded in the explosion; the local rabbi asking her mother to take his religious items and give them to the future rabbi of the town; witnessing the selling of stolen Jewish goods in Vyžuonos, Lithuania by partisans; and German soldiers bringing local Jews to Utena, Lithuania for execution.
    Ona Eigeliene
    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

    1 videocasette (Betacam SP).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Eigelienė, Ona.

    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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