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Oral history interview with Stasys Keidunas

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

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

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.

Interviewee
Stasys Keidunas
Date
1998 April 16  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
6 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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