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Oral history interview with Leonas Stonkus

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

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    Oral history interview with Leonas Stonkus


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Leonas Stonkus
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 April 21
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Stonkus, Leonas.
    Corporate Name
    Lithuania. Kariuomene

    Administrative Notes

    This interview is part 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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