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Oral history interview with Vera Silkinaitė

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

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    Oral history interview with Vera Silkinaitė


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Vera Silkinaite
    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

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Silkinaitė, Vera.

    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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