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Oral history interview with Elena Purlienė

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0221.147 | RG Number: RG-50.473.0147

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    Oral history interview with Elena Purlienė


    Interview Summary
    Elena Purlienė (née Gurskytė), born in 1926 in Šakiai, Lithuania, describes the prewar Jewish community of Šakiai, includuing her Jewish friends; the roundups and mass shootings of local Jews; the looting of Jewish owned belongings and burning of Jewish owned homes; her arrest by the Gestapo because she was a Communist; her torture and imprisonment; the mass shooting of certain Lithuanians, including many of her family members; her time in Pravieniškės work camp; her relase by the Gestapo; and her life after the war.
    Elena Purliene
    Alicija Žukauskaitė
    interview:  2005 December 21
    creation: Vilnius (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
    Purlienė, Elena.

    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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