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Oral history interview with Valerija Kriliene

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.34 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0034
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Valerija Kriliene, born in Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community in her hometown; the arrest of her uncle during the war; the looting of Jewish homes after the Jewish population's relocation to the ghetto; local townspeople using forced Jewish labor; her cousin bringing food to the ghetto; the mass shooting of the Jewish community, including details of the executions and the participation by local townspeople; antisemitic remarks by her school teacher; neighbors who denounced a hidden Jewish woman; the survival of a Jewish girl who escaped from the mass shooting; the beating of two Jewish men by partisans; the deportation of one of the collaborators, who later returned very wealthy; and the excavation of the burial pits after the war.

Interviewee
Valerija Kriliene
Date
1998 September 23  (interview)
Language
Lithuanian
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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