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Silva U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3509) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3509

Videotape testimony of Silva U., who was born in Belgrade, Serbia, the younger of two children. She recalls her family's affluence; observing Jewish holidays with a large extended family (her mother had converted to Judaism); her father's military service; finishing third grade; German invasion in 1941; her father's return; obtaining false papers; traveling to Kuršumlija with her brother and parents; hiding with non-Jews; threatened exposure; moving to Podujevo; arrest; escape with assistance from a prison guard; smuggling themselves to Italian occupied Priština; expulsion; moving to Bulgarian occupied Prokuplje; a Bulgarian soldier warning them of an impending round-up; escaping to hide with a friend in Jugovac; doing farm work to support themselves; warnings from partisans when collaborationist Nedić Serbian government or German troops were coming; visiting an uncle in Niš; shopping in Prokuplje; imprisonment by Nedić troops as a partisan; transfer to German prisons, then to Leskovac; torture during interrogations; her mother's visits; a Serb physician saving her from deportation; release; returning to Jugovac; her brother's death as a partisan; their return to Belgrade after the war; and friends returning their possessions. Ms. U. notes her parents' continuing trauma due to her brother's death; marriage to a non-Jew; and continuing her education.

Author/Creator
U., Silva.
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 23 and 24, 1995.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Pristina (Kosovo)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Kuršumlija (Serbia)
Podujevo (Kosovo)
Prokuplje (Serbia)
Jugovac (Serbia)
Leskovac (Leskovac, Serbia)
Niš (Serbia)
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Silva U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3509). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.