Josif P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2189) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 16, 1991.
- 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.
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.