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Oral history interview with Vytautas Petkevičius

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

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    Oral history interview with Vytautas Petkevičius


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Vytautas Petkevicius
    Alicija Žukauskaitė
    interview:  2004 September 11
    creation: Birštonas (Lithuania)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Petkevičius, Vytautas.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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