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Cadik D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2212) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2212

Videotape testimony of Cadik D., descendant of a rabbinical family, who graduated from rabbinical school in Sarajevo in 1937. He recalls working in Kosovska, then Pristina; involvement with progressive student groups; his denunciation by the fascist newspaper "Balkan"; moving to Split; participation in Hoshomer Hatzair; being drafted in 1940; serving in Skopje; German invasion in April 1941; escaping incarceration as a prisoner of war; returning to Sarajevo; anti-Jewish regulations; traveling to Italian-occupied Split; resistance activities; hiding a partisan wounded by Ustaša; his sister joining him when their mother and other sister were incarcerated in Djakovo; correspondence from his father who was hidden by Muslims (he reads his last letter); and his father's arrest and death in Jasenovac. Rabbi D. recalls arrest for resistance activities in April 1942; transfer to Alberobello, then Fara Sabina; escaping after Italian capitulation to Germany; joining Italian partisans (Antonia Gramsci brigade) in Gavazzo and Mount Grappa; liberation; living in Venice; returning to Belgrade in 1947; serving as the rabbi until 1950; three years in Israel; returning to serve in the Yugoslav foreign ministry until 1970; and acting as the only rabbi in Yugoslavia since then. He notes only two sisters survived and sixty family members were killed.

D., Cadik.
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
Cadik D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2212). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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