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Oral history interview with Ona Arlauskiene

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

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    Oral history interview with Ona Arlauskiene


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Ona Arlauskiene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  1998 September 26
    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..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Arlauskiene, Ona.

    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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