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Oral history interview with Juozas Veršyla

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

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    Oral history interview with Juozas Veršyla


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Juozas Versyla
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 April 14
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Veršyla, Juozas.

    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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