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Oral history interview with Justina Kirvelaitytė

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

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    Oral history interview with Justina Kirvelaitytė


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Justina Kirvelaityte
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2000 August 21
    creation: Pilviškiai (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..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kirvelaitytė, Justina.

    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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