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Oral history interview with Neonila Grigorjeva

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.16 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0016

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Neonila Grigorjeva, born in 1926, describes a mass shooting she witnessed at the beginning of the war in her neighborhood, on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Daugavpils; how she was ten at the time and playing with her friends outside; how one of the neighborhood kids ran up to them and said that Jews were being escorted to the Krasavka pond to be shot; how they were curious and ran to watch; seeing the Jews being escorted; those who were present at the shooting site; how drunk policemen excitedly snatched little children from their mothers and threw them in the pit alive and how mothers jumped right on top of their children trying to protect them; how the policemen hit these mothers on the head with rifles; how they also beat up the elderly and threw them in the pit alive; how earrings were ripped off women's ears; how the ground vibrated and moaned days after the shooting; knowing that if she could go back in time she would have never have gone there; and how her memories of the event still haunt her.

Interviewee
Neonila Grigorjeva
Date
2003 November 22  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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