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Oral history interview with Antoni Witold Rakowski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.82 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0082

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    Oral history interview with Antoni Witold Rakowski


    Interview Summary
    Antoni Witold Rakowski, born in Lithuania, describes his family and the prewar Jewish community of his hometown; antisemitic actions of local children; his experiences after his imprisonment in a Soviet jail; the arrival of German forces and changes in local government; the creation of the Jewish ghetto; restrictions placed on the Jewish community; details of the mass shooting of the Jewish population; witnessing non-local Jews being brought to the ghetto after the murder of the local Jewish community; local townspeople rescuing Jews; local townspeople mourning the killings; visiting the mass burial site; the sale of Jewish homes by German and Lithuanian soldiers; and his role as an anti-Soviet partisan after the war.
    Antoni W. Rakowski
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2001 May 09
    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
    Rakowski, Antoni Witold.

    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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