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Oral history interview with Zofija Drukteinienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.72 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0072
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Zofija Drukteinienė, born in 1918 in Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community of her hometown; Jewish refugees fleeing toward the Soviet Union; restrictions placed on the Jewish community under German occupation; the burning of her home; details of the mass shootings of the Jewish population; local townspeople watching the mass shooting; assisting two Jewish children who had escaped a mass shooting at Kražiai, Lithuania; the arrest of her husband for rescuing a Jewish child; securing the release of her husband; the death of the Jewish child she tried to save; a local priest who spoke against the mass shootings; members of the Jewish community leaving their belongings to their non-Jewish neighbors; the looting and sale of Jewish belongings; receiving a carriage that had been owned by a Jewish businessman; children digging in the mass grave after the war to search for gold teeth; and a Nazi collaborator who was caught and deported after the war.

Interviewee
Zofija Drukteiniene
Date
2000 August 20  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
3 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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