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Oral history interview with Vytautas Petkevičius

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.104 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0104

Vytautas Petkevičius, born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1930, discusses his childhood in a multicultural suburb of Kaunas, Lithuania; anti-Jewish violence in the city when the German occupation began; witnessing the Lietukis Garage massacre; watching a group of Jewish people being marched to the Ninth Fort to be executed; deceptions used to cover the noise of shooting; knowing some of the local Lithuanian collaborators (Baltaraiščiai or White Stripers); hiding Jewish children in his family’s home; the efforts of German forces before their retreat to burn the bodies buried in mass graves; the nationalization of Jewish property after the war; memories of wartime propaganda; and misgivings about the way the Holocaust is remembered in Lithuania.

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Vytautas Petkevicius
Alicija Žukauskaitė
interview:  2004 September 11
creation: Birštonas (Lithuania)
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:14
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