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Oral history interview with Josef Januszewicz

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

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

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.

Interviewee
Josef Januszewicz
Date
1998 September 20  (interview)
Language
Polish
Russian
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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