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Oral history interview with Stasys Keidunas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.9 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0009

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    Oral history interview with Stasys Keidunas


    Interview Summary
    Stasys Kiedunas, born in 1912 in Merkine, Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish population; his relationships with members of the Jewish community; seeing Soviet soldiers install anti-aircraft cannons on the bank of a river at the beginning of the war; local leaders who persecuted the Jewish community; sheltering a Jewish family for a week; the order for Jews and Poles to wear badges; the roundup of Jews, who were then brought to the synagogue; bringing food to the Jewish prisoners; the killing of Jews who were brought to Alytus in 1941; the killing of Jews who were brought from other villages to Merkine; looting of Jewish belongings; local Lithuanians being forced to dig burial pits; details of the procession to the killing site; bandits digging in the mass grave to search for gold; a participant in the mass shooting selling Jewish houses; and the fate of the perpetrators after the war.
    Stasys Keidunas
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 April 16
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Keidunas, Stasys.

    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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