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Oral history interview with Juozas Veršyla

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.1 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0001

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

Juozas Veršyla, born in 1934 in Ponary (Paneriai), Lithuania, describes the beginning of the war; the relocation of the Jewish population to the Vilna ghetto; the deportation of Jews to Ponary; witnessing a mass shooting of Jews by men in German uniforms; the death of children who were thrown out of wagons; the escape of some Jews once the shooting started; the placement of barbed wire around the execution site to prevent other victims from fleeing; the closing of his school due to its proximity to the execution site; Jewish resistance; the burning of corpses; his father’s explanation about the events; and the behavior of local townspeople, some of whom attempted to take victims’ clothing from the execution site and were shot by police.

Interviewee
Juozas Versyla
Date
1998 April 14  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
2 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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