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Oral history interview with Regina Prudnikova

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.76 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0076

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    Oral history interview with Regina Prudnikova


    Interview Summary
    Regina Prudnikova, born in 1925 in Pilviškiai, Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community of her hometown; antisemitic rumors spread by local townspeople; the nationalization of shops by the Soviet Union; the deportation of four Jewish families by Soviet forces; participating in the looting of Jewish shops with the arrival of German forces; German soldiers shooting local Jewish citizens; restrictions placed on the Jewish community during the German occupation; the shooting of Jewish and Lithuanian communists; local townspeople bringing food to Jewish prisoners; the brutal treatment of the Jewish community by local policemen and German soldiers, which included torture and sexual assault; the mass shooting of Jews; Nazi collaborators taking Jewish homes; her brother standing guard during the mass shooting to ensure that no Jews were able to escape; a celebration by collaborators after the mass murder; the auction of stolen Jewish property; the sight of trains with Bulgarian Jews passing through her town; collaborators who assisted in atrocities against the Jewish community; the lack of response from the local priest regarding the mass murders; being denounced after the war; and the deportation of collaborators after the war.
    Regina Prudnikova
    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
    Prudnikova, Regina.

    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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