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Josif P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2189) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2189

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    Videotape testimony of Josif P., who was born in Derventa, Yugoslavia in 1924. He recalls cordial relations between the Serbs and Jews; his father's observant Judaism and acts of charity; inclusion of Derventa in Croatia (a German ally) in 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions and terrorism by the Ustaša; deportation with his family to Zagreb; returning to Derventa; his mother's bribe resulting in his release from a month's imprisonment; escaping to Banja Luka; traveling to Italian-occupied Split using false papers and bribery; resistance activities; joining partisans in the Mosor Mountains after Italy capitulated in September 1943; and escaping with the partisans from Zrnovnica. Mr. P. describes numerous partisan battles; liberating Belgrade in October 1944; serving with his battalion at Srem from November 1944 through March 1945; and his military career through his retirement in 1975. He reflects upon his loss of religious beliefs after learning his parents and sisters were killed in camps, and notes twenty-one of 125 family members survived. He names many with whom he served in the partisans, who perished and who assisted him during the war.
    P., Josif, 1924-
    Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
    Interview Date
    April 16, 1991.
    Derventa (Bosnia and Herzegovina : Opština)
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Split (Croatia)
    Belgrade (Serbia)
    Srem (Serbia and Croatia)
    Mosor Mountains (Croatia)
    Zrnovnica (Croatia)
    Cite As
    Josif P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2189). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Almuli, Jaša, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Serbo-Croatian.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 15 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Italian occupation.

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