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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.

U., Silva.
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 23 and 24, 1995.
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.