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Oral history interview with Bronislava Batnja

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.19 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0019

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

Bronislava Batnja, born in 1929 in Latvia, describes her family and life before the war; the German invasion; the behavior and actions of soldiers in occupied villages, which included sexual assault; the roundup of Jews from local villages and imprisonment in a synagogue; her future mother-in-law bringing food to a Jewish prisoner; her family’s arrest; hearing that the villages’ Jews were shot; her relocation to Salaspils concentration camp; the transport to and living conditions in Salaspils; Jewish labor in the camp; deaths in the camp; the starvation of prisoners; camp doctors taking blood from children; her relocation with her family to Germany; their release by American soldiers; their return to Latvia; and the homes of Jewish neighbors which were occupied by local citizens.

Interviewee
Bronislava Batnja
Date
2004 February 27  (interview)
Language
Russian
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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:45:16
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