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Oral history interview with Stasė Naujokaitienė

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.451.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0986

Stasė Naujokaitienė, born on August 31, 1933 in Raseiniai, Lithuania, discusses being the eldest of two children; her father’s work as an electrical engineer, constructing and installing electric windmills for the local farmers; growing up quite well-off with their own automobile; the Soviet occupation; her father being warned by a friend who was a Communist sympathizer (and thus had access to planned actions) that his name was on the list for deportation to Siberia; their family’s decision that all 22 family members would “repatriate” to Germany (one grandmother on the father’s side was German); being in a German transit camp in Poland when several of the family members decided they did not want to accept German citizenship (if they had, the men could have been immediately drafted into the Wehrmacht) so they were all, adults and children, sent to Stutthof concentration camp and soon thereafter to Potulice labor camp; the internment of her family for two years; the death of her mother and baby brother from hunger and disease in the camp; her father’s work; the initial friction between the Lithuanian and Polish internees; being released from the camp; and their life in immediate post-war Lithuania.

Stasė Naujokaitienė
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2018 September 21
creation: Vilnius (Lithuania)
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:20
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