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Oral history interview with Vasilijs Cikunovs

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.26 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0026

Vasilijs Chikunovs, born in 1924 in Daugavpils, Latvia, describes the entry of German forces in Daugavpils, including how there was little fighting in the city; the Jewish shops near his family’s home; the shooting of Jewish citizens during the German occupation; local townspeople who looted Jewish stores and then were punished by German soldiers; details of several mass shootings of the Jewish population at Zolotaya Gora; the behavior of policemen who assisted in the killings; the looting of Jewish belongings following the executions; the establishment of a warehouse in town for the storage and sorting of the victims’ clothing; and his opinion that Latvian authorities need to admit that Latvian citizens participated in the events of Holocaust.

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Cikunovs, Vasilijs
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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