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Oral history interview with Antanas Kmieliauska

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

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

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.

Interviewee
Antanas Kmieliauska
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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