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Oral history interview with Danguole Gabis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.477.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0856

Danguole Gabis (née Puronas), born on August 7, 1929 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes her father, who worked for the Lithuania border police; growing up in Žeimelis; her younger brother and sister; visiting her grandmother during the summers; reading books in the library where her mother worked; her family’s traditions on Lithuanian Independence Day; her father, who lived in another town; leaving Jaymalys when the Russians came; how she and her siblings were first placed on separate farms and then brought back together on her uncle’s farm; the deportation of her mother and her return from Siberia 15 years later, at which point her family was in Chicago, IL (she was able to move there in 1965); a poem from that time, which the interviewee recites; moving with her father and siblings to Švenčionys, Lithuania, where her father was chief of security; the arrest of her father for his partisan actions during the summer of 1943 and his imprisonment in Vilnius; moving to Perniwiges soon after his arrest; staying in Kupiškis, Lithuania along with her siblings and attending school; life in Kupiškis with her religious aunt who took them to church on Sundays; her father’s release from prison; escaping from Lithuania by train to live in Bavaria, Germany; living in a hotel and then with a Lithuanian priest; entering a displaced persons camp after the war; immigrating to the United States; working as a mother’s helper and then attending college where she met her future husband, Stanley Gabis, who was Jewish American; her three children; her daughter, Rita, who published a book on the war experiences of Danguole’s father (“Guest at the Shooter’s Banquet”); and her life on Martha’s Vineyard.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Ms. Danguole Gabis
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 December 10
1 digital file : MPEG-4.