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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2189

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.

Author/Creator
P., Josif, 1924-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
April 16, 1991.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josif P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2189). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.