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Oral history interview with Regina Prudnikova

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

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.

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Prudnikova, Regina
Berzinis, Saulius
interview:  2000 August 21
creation: Pilviškiai (Lithuania)
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
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:10:02
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