Zlatko V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1305) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1989
- Interview Date
- December 17, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Zlatko V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1305). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Zlatko V., who was born in Sušak, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy(presently Croatia) in 1914. He recalls moving to Zagreb after World War I; attending school; participating in Maccabi athletics; working in a factory; his parents' deaths in the mid-1930s; antisemitic harassment beginning in 1938; German invasion in 1941; arrest by the Ustaša on June 21, 1941; deportation to Pag Island; gruelling slave labor, starvation, and beatings; a speech by a camp official, Vjekoslav Luburić, informing them of their evacuation in August; transfer to Krapje; slave labor building levees; transfer to Jasenovac in October; slave labor in a brick factory and on the levee; learning of mass killings of Jews, Romanies, and Serbians in other parts of the camp; the high death rate from sickness and starvation; sadistic killings and public executions by Ustaša guards; solidarity with Communist prisoners; obtaining guns from Communists as they arrived; escaping with a friend during a storm; swimming across the Sava river; assistance from a local woman in contacting partisans; joining a partisan brigade; combat for the remainder of the war; becoming a commander; and his postwar military career. Mr. V. notes most of his family was killed in the Holocaust and persistent nightmares resulting from his experiences.