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Oral history interview with Elena Bendoraitienė

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

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

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.

Interviewee
Elena Bendoraitiene
Date
1998 April 17  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
2 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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