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Josif L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3556) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3556

Videotape testimony of Josif L., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1914. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion in 1941; an unsuccessful attempt to enlist in the military; mandatory registration of Jews; forced labor clearing bombing rubble in Belgrade and Smederevo; volunteering as a hostage after a Jewish resistance attempt; an officer who knew him letting him go (the hostages were all shot); obtaining false papers; joining an uncle in Skopje for seven weeks along with his mother, sister, and brother-in-law, moving to Urosevac, then Prizren; moving around during searches with assistance from Albanians and Serbs; moving to Shkodër, Durrës, and Lushnjë in Italian-occupied Albania; frequent visits to Kavajë; German invasion in fall 1943; hiding in Lushnjë and a nearby village until German withdrawal in April 1945; returning to Belgrade; and resuming work as an attorney, assisting in allocating housing for displaced families. Mr. L. discusses testifying at a trial in Graz in 1992 for the officer who had saved him; visiting Simon Wiesenthal in Vienna to confirm his testimony; and the many Serbs, Albanians, and Muslims who helped his family.

Author/Creator
L., Josif, 1914-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
April 9, 1995.
Locale
Austria
Yugoslavia
Belgrade (Serbia)
Smederevo (Serbia)
Skopje (Macedonia)
Uroševac (Serbia)
Prizren (Kosovo)
Shkodër (Albania)
Durrës (Albania)
Lushnjë (Albania)
Kavajë (Albania : Rrethi)
Vienna (Austria)
Graz (Austria)
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josif L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3556). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291837
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:28:00
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