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Oral history interview with Leonas Stonkus

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.23 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0023

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

Leonas Stonkus, born in 1921 in Darbėnai, Lithuania, describes his family; the arrival of the Soviet Army in Darbėnai, including how soldiers robbed civilians; his imprisonment in Kaunas, Lithuania; the head of the Komsomol unit in Darbėnai; being interrogated by Soviet authorities; the prewar Jewish community of his town; joining the Lithuanian Army; his transfer to Minsk, Belarus; standing guard during mass shootings of Jews in Minsk in 1942 and in Kopel; his participation in a mass shooting in Rudensk (Rudzyensk), Belarus in 1943; details of the mass shooting; being jailed and interrogated for his poor performance during the mass killing; the cruelty of the German soldiers; his confession to a priest; deserting the battalion; and Belarusian actions against Jews.

Interviewee
Leonas Stonkus
Date
1998 April 21  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
4 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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