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Oral history interview with Vytautas Račickas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.32 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0032

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    Oral history interview with Vytautas Račickas


    Interview Summary
    Vytautas Račickas, born in Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community in his town; the nationalization of Jewish shops in 1940; the arrival of German forces; restrictions on Jews; the establishment of a Jewish ghetto; local townspeople bringing food to Jews in the ghetto; the order prohibiting local townspeople from assisting Jews, under the threat that they would be treated as if they were Jewish; local townspeople being forced to dig pits; witnessing a mass shooting of Jews, including details of the execution; a guard beating spectators of the mass shooting; the looting of Jewish homes; and the punishment of some of the participants in the mass shooting.
    Vytautas Račickas
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 September 22
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Restrictions may exist. Contact the Museum for further information:

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Račickas, Vytautas.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview 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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