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Misa D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2211) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2211

Videotape testimony of Misa D., who recalls cordial relations between ethnic groups before 1933; attending gymnasium in Sarajevo, university in Belgrade, and reserve officers' school in Šabac; creation of independent Croatia; returning to Sarajevo; arrest; transfer to Belgrade, then Kosovska Mitrovica; round-ups of Jews by the Ustaša; returning to Sarajevo; hiding briefly; deportation to Kruscica (he never saw his family again); forced labor in Krapje; transfer to Jasenovac; forced labor, starvation, deportations, torture, and mass killings; preparation for a Red Cross visit including liquidation of weak prisoners initiated by Maks Luburić; a Ustaša attempt to build a crematorium which resulted in burning people alive; transfer as an engineer to Stara Gradiška; witnessing a mass killing of women; and escaping with his friends from a work detail in Bosanska Gradiška. Mr. D. recounts encountering Chetniks; joining the partisans in December 1942; and serving in the engineering unit of the First Proletarian Brigade. He details intergroup relations in the camps and the cruelty of the Ustaša administrators including Tomislav Filipović.

D., Misa.
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
March 23, 1991.
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Šabac (Serbia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Kosovska Mitrovica (Serbia)
Bosanaka Gradiška (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
Krapje (Croatia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Misa D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2211). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.