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Oral history interview with Josef Januszewicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.24 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0024

Josef Januszewicz, born in 1922 in Svencionys, Lithuania, describes his family and relationships with the prewar Jewish community; German soldiers relocating the Jewish community to the ghetto; the poor conditions of the ghetto; beatings by German and Lithuanian secret police; hearing screams from a mass shooting; murders of Jews by German soldiers before the mass shooting; an auction of stolen Jewish property; a party held by the killing squad after the mass execution of the Jewish population; a collaborator inviting local men to join in the killing of Jews in exchange for vodka; quarreling with the head of the perpetrators, resulting in his arrest and interrogation; German soldiers taking photographs of mass shootings; German soldiers taking the gold of the victims; collaborators committing murder in small towns; local townspeople living in Jewish-owned homes; and former policemen who were jailed after the war.

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Josef Januszewicz
Saulius Berzinis
interview:  1998 September 20
creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
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
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:41:54
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