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Nisim A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3507) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3507

Videotape testimony of Nisim A., who was born in Bitola, Serbia in 1917, one of five children. He recalls his family's poverty; religious observance; cordial relations with the Macedonians; participating in Tehelet Lavan, a leftist Zionist organization; military service in Maribor; joining a hachsharah in 1935 located on farms in Subotica, elsewhere, and in Sušak; attempting illegal emigration to Palestine in 1940 from Vukovar; being stopped in Kladova; traveling to Belgrade, then to Sušak; hearing he was recalled to the military; serving for six months on the Albanian border; moving to Zagreb; German invasion in April 1941; escaping to Niš; assistance from a Serb; returning to Bitola; finding it was occupied by Bulgarian troops; recruitment to SKOJ; joining the partisans in August 1942; organizing SKOJ units while hiding in local villages; staying with a cousin in Kastoria, Greece; obtaining false papers; joining Greek ELAS partisans; returning to his partisan unit in Macedonia; taking Chetniks prisoners; saving a Jew among them; and battles with Germans and Albanians when they penetrated to Greece. Mr. A. discusses pre-war Jewish live in Bitola; deportation of most of his family to Treblinka; marriage in 1949; his military career; and almost total destruction of the Bitola Jewish community.

A., Nisim, 1917-
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 27, 1995.
Bitola (Macedonia)
Maribor (Slovenia)
Subotica (Subotica, Serbia)
Vukovar (Croatia)
Kladovo (Serbia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Sušak (Rijeka, Croatia)
Zagreb (Croatia)
Niš (Serbia)
Kastoria (Greece)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nisim A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3507). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.