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Oral history interview with Emilija Jakniūnienė

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.70 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0070

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    Oral history interview with Emilija Jakniūnienė


    Interview Summary
    Emilija Jakniūnienė, born in 1923 in New York in the United States, describes moving to Ylakaičių, Lithuania in 1933; the prewar Jewish community of Ylakiai, Lithuania; the arrival of German forces in 1941; restrictions placed on the Jewish community of her hometown at the beginning of the war; a round up of Jewish men who were locked in the synagogue by local townspeople; an announcement that whomever assisted the Jewish community would be punished; local townspeople bringing food to Jewish families; partisans ruling the town until the arrival of the German forces; the humiliation of local Jews, including filming by German soldiers; details of the mass shooting; seeing citizens wearing clothing that had belonged to Jewish victims; the looting of Jewish belongings and homes; and assisting a Jewish girl who had fled the Kaunas ghetto.
    Emilija Jakniuniene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2000 August 19
    creation: Ylakiai (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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    Personal Name
    Jakniūnienė, Emilija.

    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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