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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.

Author/Creator
D., Misa.
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
March 23, 1991.
Copies
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.