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Oral history interview with Genovaitė Laurinaitienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.85 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0085

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Genovaitė Laurinaitienė, born in 1926 in Veiviržėnai, Lithuania, describes her family; the prewar Jewish community of her hometown and her relationships with them; the arrival of German forces; restrictions placed upon the Jewish community; the roundup of the Jews of Veiviržėnai; the establishment of a Jewish ghetto in the village of Trepkalnis, Lithuania; accompanying her mother to bring food to the ghetto; the forced labor of Jewish men in Šilutė, Lithuania; helping a friend visit his Jewish girlfriend in the ghetto; the mass shooting of the Jewish community; visiting the mass burial site; local townspeople gathering clothing which had been left on the ground at the mass burial site; the names and fates of Nazi collaborators; working in Varniai, Lithuania for a photographer who hid Jews and aided in their escape with the help of the local priest; assisting in the rescue of a Jewish girl whom she hid from 1942 to 1944; her arrest under the accusation of being a communist; and her recognition as one of the Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Interviewee
Genovaite Laurinaitiene
Date
2001 May 10  (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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