Sonja B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3508) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- September 25, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sonja B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3508). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sonja B., who was born in Pozarevac, Serbia in 1922, one of seven children. She recalls one brother's death; moving to Belgrade about 1929; her brothers' illegal communist activities; their escapes due to neighbors' warnings that police were coming; active participation with her sisters in Hashomer Hatzair; destruction of their home in the German bombardment on April 6, 1941; briefly fleeing; returning and staying with neighbors; orders to register as Jews; her brothers refusing to do so; registering with her mother and sisters; partisans providing false papers and hiding places for her, her mother, sisters, sister-in-law, and nephew; separation from her family; frequently moving; placement with a family in Rakovica; living openly as their maid until October 1942; orders to leave; meeting a Montenegrin on a train who offered her shelter in Jagodina; employment as a child care worker; learning her employer was a Nazi collaborator; being fired for insubordination; another family sheltering her; liberation by partisans in October 1944; joining them (the commander was one of her brother's friends); returning to Belgrade after the war; and reunion with her mother in Drugovac. Ms. B. describes the killings of each of her siblings (she is the only survivor); living with her mother, sister-in-law, and nephew; her marriages, two children, and four grandchildren; and current affairs in the former Yugoslavia.