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Oral history interview with Antanas Petrauskas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.35 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0035

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    Oral history interview with Antanas Petrauskas


    Interview Summary
    Antanas Petrauskas, born in Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community in his hometown; the arrival of German forces; the relocation of Jews to the ghetto, guarded by Lithuanian guards; the robbing and killing of three Jews; local townspeople digging burial pits; the mass shooting of the Jewish community, including details of the execution; seeing a pile of the victims' clothing; local townspeople burying the victims; the looting of Jewish property by guardsmen; the perpetrators going to church after the mass murder; and the local priest taking the best Jewish furniture for himself.
    Antanas Petrauskas
    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

    1 videocasette (Betacam SP).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Petrauskas, Antanas.

    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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