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Oral history interview with Stasys Velicka

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.19 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0019

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

Stasys Velicka, born in 1917 in Kvesai, Lithuania, describes his family and his service in the Lithuanian Army before the war; the beginning of the war, including the bombardments of the towns around his village; joining the Lithuanian Security Battalion in 1941 in Kaunas, Lithuania; trading positions with another battalion member so that he could work in the kitchen; his transfer to Minsk, Belarus; giving food to a Jew from the Minsk ghetto who came to the barracks to fix the furnaces; volunteers performing mass shootings and returning to Minsk with their pockets full of money; mass shootings which occurred in Sluck, Klock, and Baranovichi; the battalion persecuting Soviet partisans; the arrival of Jews from Western Europe in Minsk; the theft of their belongings by the men in the battalions; deserting his battalion in 1942; hiding from German soldiers; being caught by German soldiers, but escaping; and his arrest in 1947 by the KGB, and his release as a result of a note written by the Jewish man he helped in Minsk.

Interviewee
Stasys Velicka
Date
1998 April 19  (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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