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Oral history interview with Ona Bečelienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.14 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0014

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

Ona Bečelienė, born in 1924 in Paražniai, Lithuania, describes her family; the Jewish population of Kudirkos Naumiestis; the beginning of the war; German soldiers expropriating shops from both Jews and Lithuanians; Jewish men being taken away and being killed in Zyniai; hearing screaming and gunfire from a mass shooting of Jewish women and children near Kudirkos Naumiestis; visiting the mass murder site; townspeople from Naumiestis who searched the mass murder site for gold; the survival of a Jewish woman who had converted to Catholicism; the perpetrators; the looting and selling of Jewish belongings; her parents’ refusal to buy goods taken from victims; local priests condemning the mass murders and the purchasing of stolen property; a petition signed by local townspeople attempting to save the life of an elderly Jewish doctor; a group of young Communist Lithuanians killed by German soldiers; her decision to marry young so she would not be deported; local townspeople living in the homes of murdered Jews; German soldiers telling local townspeople they were going to be deported to Siberia; mourning the death of the Jewish community; and how some of the perpetrators now live in the United States.

Interviewee
Ona Beceliene
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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