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Oral history interview with Antanas Kmieliauska

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.20 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0020

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    Oral history interview with Antanas Kmieliauska


    Interview Summary
    Antanas Kmieliauska, born in 1932 in Olendernė, Lithuania, describes his family and prewar contacts with the Jewish community of Butrimonys; the arrival of German forces; the shooting of two German soldiers; the execution of 200 villagers in retaliation; the relocation of young Jewish men to Alytus, where they were shot; the mass shooting of the Jewish community; false accusations against the Jewish community; the looting of Jewish belongings by local townspeople; the horror felt by local townspeople in response to the shootings; his parents’ refusal to take part in the actions against the Jewish community or take their property; the starvation of the Soviet prisoners of war; and the jailing a collaborator after the war.
    Antanas Kmieliauska
    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
    Kmieliauska, Antanas.

    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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