Part I “The Flight”
An interview with Gražina Narkus-Kramer conducted by Ina Navazelskis for the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture as part of the “No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons, 1944-52” exhibition’s oral history project recorded at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2014
Narkus-Kramer was a child when she fled Lithuania with her parents during World War II. The family’s ordeals in Germany during and immediately after the war, when they find themselves in the Soviet-occupied zone, leave life-long emotional scars for Narkus-Kramer, as she reveals in the interview. The resourcefulness of her parents in circumventing one obstacle after another and Narkus-Kramer’s own effervescence and skill in storytelling make this a captivating story of triumph over tragedy. Interviewer Ina Navazelskis’s experienced hand in navigating difficult subject matter and drawing out the story should also be noted for those interested in conducting oral history interviews.
“No Home To Go To” Exhibition Curator and Embassy Program Coordinator: Irena Brokas Chambers;
Camera: Trent Watts; Video Production: Sigita Bersenas Balzekas
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[Part I “The Flight” is the first of 2 videos featuring Narkus-Kramer. Part II “The Camps” features Narkus-Kramer’s presentation to audience members about her experiences living in displaced persons camps after the war. ]