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Oral history interview with Zofija Drukteinienė

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.72 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0072

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    Oral history interview with Zofija Drukteinienė


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Zofija Drukteiniene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2000 August 20
    creation: Nemakš?iai (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Restrictions may exist. Contact the Museum for further information:

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Drukteinienė, Zofija.

    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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