Monday, July 27, 2020

Juozas Aleksynas

There have been a number of posts on this blog that I didn't necessarily like publishing, but did so for the simple reason that I am a self-appointed chroniqueur of everything beret. 
The video below is an oral history document that I found hard to watch. However, like the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (the copyright holder of this fragment), I believe in the importance of keeping (this) history alive.
Juozas Aleksynas was born in Makrickai, Lithuania, in 1914. During World War II, he was a soldier in the Lithuanian 12th Self-Defense Battalion. While serving as an auxiliary to German forces, Aleksynas participated in several massacres of Jews in Belorussia in the autumn of 1941. Here Aleksynas describes participating in mass shootings of Jewish parents and their children.

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