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Oral history interview with Ona Arlauskiene

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.48 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0048

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Ona Arlauskiene, born in 1926 in Simnas, Lithuania, describes her life before the war; not being allowed to collect bread in Alytus, Lithuania in 1941 because of being Romani; the mass murder of Jews in Vilkija, Lithuania, including details of the execution; sleeping outside of the Romani camp because of her fear of arrest; her father giving food to Jews in the ghetto and being punished by German soldiers; German forces stealing their horses; German soldiers taking her and her family to the Ninth Fort; the death of her son at the hands of German soldiers; conditions in the Ninth Fort; separation from other Romani people; her transfer to the concentration camp Pravieniškės; conditions in Pravieniškės; mass shootings of Romani; her forced labor; escaping from Pravieniškės; working in Kaunas; and her postwar discovery that everyone in her family had perished.

Interviewee
Ona Arlauskiene
Date
1998 September 26  (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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