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Oral history interview with Ivans Bižáns

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.71 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0071

Ivans Bižáns, born November 11, 1929 in a village near Krāslava, Latvia, discusses growing up in a village where there were no Jews; seeing 100-200 Jews circa September 1941 being marched off the road (the number of Jews was later memorialized on a plaque as 85); how the Jews were lined up over a pit and then killed, their bodies falling into a pre-dug pit; one woman who was shot and her baby thrown into the pit with her; the killing which was done in groups; Bižáns’ uncertainty as to whether the perpetrators were German or Russian as the group was guarded by local policemen; his belief that gold teeth were extracted from the victims; and his service in the Soviet Army from 1952 to 1954. [This record includes an audio recording of an English translation of the orginal interview, which was conducted in Russian. The original recording of the interview is not available at this time.]

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Bižáns, Ivans
interview:  2016 May 20
creation: Daugavpils (Latvia)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:17:24
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