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Oral history interview with Genovaitė Laurinaitienė

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

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    Oral history interview with Genovaitė Laurinaitienė


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Genovaite Laurinaitiene
    Saulius Berzinis
    interview:  2001 May 10
    creation: Klaip?da (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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    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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