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Oral history interview with Emilija Jakniūnienė

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

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.

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Emilija Jakniuniene
Saulius Berzinis
interview:  2000 August 19
creation: Ylakiai (Lithuania)
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
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:13
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