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Oral history interview with Zofija Sinkevičienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.30 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0030

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Zofija Sinkevičienė, born in Lithuania, describes the treatment of Jewish prisoners as they were taken to a mass murder site; the looting of Jewish-owned homes by local townspeople; a roundup by German and Lithuanian soldiers in Panevezys, Lithuania in 1943; her relocation to Pravieniskes concentration camp; escaping to Panevezys; her capture by a policeman and return to Pravieniskes; the living conditions in Pravieniskes; her rescue by her former neighbor from an attempted sexual assault; receiving a warning about an upcoming mass shooting, resulting in her being able to save herself, her brothers, and several others; her relocation to France; retaliation against a German soldier who punished her for assisting another laborer; the shooting of her brother; receiving an injection in her back; her transfer between different camps in Germany; her relocation to Buchenwald; living conditions in Buchenwald; forced labor in different camps; her treatment by different gurards; liberation by the American forces; American soldiers attempting to convince them not to return to the Soviet zone; denouncing the head of the camp to the American forces; her anger at discovering that German prisoners were treated well; returning to Pravieniskes in 1945; and organizing a meeting of survivors of the camps.

Interviewee
Zofija Sinkeviciene
Date
1998 September 22  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
Extent
5 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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