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Oral history interview with Stasys Velicka

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

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    Oral history interview with Stasys Velicka


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Stasys Velicka
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 April 19
    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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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Velicka, Stasys.
    Corporate Name
    Lithuania. Kariuomene

    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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