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Oral history interview with Justina Kirvelaitytė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.75 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0075

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Justina Kirvelaitytė, born in 1931 in Pilviškiai, Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community of her hometown; anti-Jewish rumors told by local townspeople; German restrictions on the Jewish community; local townspeople bringing food to Jewish families; the order by German authorities that citizens were prohibited from helping Jews; a local townswoman who refused to shelter her Jewish employer; a local townsperson who rescued Jews; mass shootings of Jews in 1941; details of the executions; local townspeople watching the mass shootings; Nazi collaborators who participated in the mass shootings; the looting of Jewish property by collaborators; German citizens moving to Pilviškiai and living in empty Jewish homes; a local priest speaking against the mass murders; German forces bombing the town during their retreat; and her work organizing protests against the glorification of Nazi collaborators after the war.

Interviewee
Justina Kirvelaityte
Date
2000 August 21  (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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