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Sonja B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3508) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3508

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.

B., Sonja, 1922-
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 25, 1995.
Požarevac (Serbia)
Rakovica (Croatia)
Jagodina (Serbia)
Drugovac (Serbia)
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.
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