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Oral history interview with Juozas Veršyla

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

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.


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Interviewee
Juozas Versyla
Interviewer
Saulius Berzinis
Date
interview:  1998 April 14
Geography
creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
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
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:47
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