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Oral history interview with Elena Bendoraitienė

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.12 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0012

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    Oral history interview with Elena Bendoraitienė


    Interview Summary
    Elena Bendoraitienė, born in Lithuania, describes her family’s contacts within the Jewish community; a survivor of the Ninth Fort massacre; mass killings of Jews and Communists in the stadium of Vilkaviskis in 1941; details of the mass shooting, in which victims had to dig their own graves; the selling of the victims’ clothing by the perpetrators, which included Lithuanian volunteers and German soldiers; local townspeople buying the victims’ clothing; the escape of a Jewish girl from a burial pit; a priest who rescued the girl; seeing a girl shot in a field as she attempted to escape from German forces in Zynai; hearing the gunfire from the mass shooting in Zynai; postwar legal trials of perpetrators; and her role in organizing the construction of a monument for the victims of the mass shooting.
    Elena Bendoraitiene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 April 17
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Bendoraitienė, Elena.

    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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