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Božo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1323) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1323

Videotape testimony of Božo S., who was born in approximately 1920. He recalls his arrest in Zagreb in spring 1941; slave labor in Danica; receiving food from the Zagreb Jewish community; transfer to Jadovno a few months later; being sent to Gospić by a Ustaša, a former schoolmate, with ten other prisoners (also former schoolmates) while everyone in Jadovno was being killed; their transfer to Jasenovac in August; volunteering as an electrician, a privileged job; being assigned to collect hundreds of corpses when nearby Krapje was liquidated; Ustaša viciously killing those not already dead; transfer to Stara Gradiška; working in the Ustaša kitchen, which provided access to extra food; sadistic killings of Serbian women and children; smuggling medicine to female Croation Communist prisoners; transfer to do agricultural work outside the camp; escaping with six Jews and a communist Croat in September 1942; joining the partisans; fighting with a unit on Kalnik Mountain; volunteering as the SKOJ commissar; liberating many areas, including Belgrade; and his subsequent military career (he is a colonel). Mr. S. notes indifference to ethnicity in the partisans, as long as one fought well, and the bravery of many Jewish partisans.

Author/Creator
S., Božo, 1920?-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1989
Interview Date
December 17, 1989.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Božo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1323). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.