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Oral history interview with Vera Silkinaitė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.3 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0003

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

Vera Silkinaitė, born in 1925 in Lithuania, describes the Jewish population of her hometown before the war; the treatment of Jews at the beginning of the war by German soldiers and Lithuanians; witnessing the beating and torturing of a group of Jews in a cemetery; living in an apartment owned by a Jewish family; neighbors robbing the Jewish owners of the apartment building and attempting to arrest the family; the brutality of younger German soldiers; the destruction of Jewish-owned shops; fear among local townspeople to protest against the treatment of Jews; the escalation of violence against the Jews after 1939; her realization that Jews would be systematically murdered; Jews being subjected to forced labor; German guards beating Lithuanians who attempted to help Jews; the plundering of Jewish-owned apartments by German soldiers and local townspeople; German students beating Polish students; a mass shooting and burial of Jews at the Ninth Fort; and the imprisonment of perpetrators of violence against Jews after the war.

Interviewee
Vera Silkinaite
Date
1998 April 14  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
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
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