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Ado K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2193) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2193

Videotape testimony of Ado K., who was born in Visoko, Yugoslavia in 1915. He recounts cordial relations between the small Jewish community and Muslims, Serbs, and Croats; serving in the Yugoslav army; creation of Croatia in 1941; his capture in Doboj; anti-Jewish regulations enforced by the Ustaša; deportations of Serbs and Jews; his deportation to Jasenovac in October 1941; forced labor in Lonjsko Polje; mass killings of prisoners; transfer to Gradiška in January 1942; observing the horrendous conditions of the women and children (his mother and sisters were there); sadistic public killing of prisoners by Tomislov Filipović (he was from Visoko); learning his family had been killed (he is the only camp survivor from Visoko); demoralization after his mother was killed; transfer back to Jasenovac in July 1943; his Jewish group leader who saved many prisoners; a public hanging of prisoners when their contacts outside the camp were discovered; escaping with two others from a work brigade outside the camp in September 1944; and joining the partisans in Prijedor. Mr. K. notes he retired from the military in 1966. He names many prisoners, partisans, and perpetrators and describes the organization of the camps.

Author/Creator
K., Ado, 1915-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
March 19, 1991.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ado K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2193). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286652
Record last modified: 2015-07-02 14:11:00
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