Djordje L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2194) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 23, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Djordje L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2194). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Djordje L., who was born in Sombor, Yugoslavia in 1928. He describes in extraordinary detail cordial relations among ethnic groups; Hungarian occupation in 1941; the deaths of Jewish resisters; conscription of men, including his father, as slave laborers in June 1942; learning his father had been killed; German occupation in March 1944; deportation with his family to Baja, then Wiener Neustadt; choosing deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau when his mother would not leave her sister and niece; spotting his mother after selection; transfer to a children's barrack; escaping when he realized he would be killed there; becoming an errand boy; Allied bombing in September 1944; repairing bomb damage in many areas and sub-camps; receiving food from a Yugoslav guard; learning his mother had been killed; the uprising in October; assignment in November to the crew dismantling the crematoria; examining them before their demolition; the death march in January; transport to Gross-Rosen, Sachsenhausen, and Mauthausen; a death march to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops in May 1945 in Wells, Austria; hospitalization; repatriation to Sombor in August; and crying for the first time, realizing the extent of his losses. Mr. L. depicts relationships, physical descriptions, and organizational structures. He writes about these experiences which are forever with him.