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Oral history interview with Valerija Kriliene

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.34 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0034

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    Oral history interview with Valerija Kriliene


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Valerija Kriliene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 September 23
    creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 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
    Kriliene, Valerija.

    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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