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Oral history interview with Heronīms Lapkovskis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.25 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0025

Heronīms Lapkovskis, born in 1925 in Ilūkste, Latvia, describes his family and life before the war; the first time he saw German soldiers; Jewish refugees in Ilūkste; attempts of the Jews to escape the country through Daugavpils; growing fear among the Jewish population in Ilūkste; the relocation of Jews to Eglaine, Latvia, where they were executed; an episode in which men in uniform came to look for gold among the belongings left behind by the Jewish community; a Jewish family living in hiding with his family; his fear of being punished for helping Jews; the Jewish population being guarded by local townspeople; local collaborators searching his house after the Jewish family departed; a burial site where a Jewish doctor and his family had been murdered; and the postwar trials of local collaborators.

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Lapkovskis, Heronims
interview:  2004 February 29
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:57
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