Edo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3557) interviewed by Cadik Danon
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 9, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3557). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edo S., who was born in Avtovac, Yugoslavia in 1922. He recounts moving to Sarajevo as an infant; his father's death in 1932; arrest by Ustaša in August 1941 for communist activities; imprisonment with his older brother; their transfer to Jasenovac; starvation; sadistic mass killings; a privileged position as a locksmith; brief assignment digging mass graves; witnessing his younger brother's murder with a hammer blow, people burned alive in the crematorium, and cannibalism; sham improvements for international commission visits; transfer to Fericanci via Osijek, where locals violently harassed them; slave labor on farms; mass killings when prisoners escaped (one escapee was Sadik-Braca D.); the escape inspiring hope; transfer back to Jasenovac; briefly working in chains in Mlaka; assignment to a privileged position as an electrician; smuggling food and medicine to others; continued mass killings; an attack by partisans in April 1945; public killing of women who had sung a revolutionary song; helping to organize an escape; surviving the escape (his older brother and most others were killed); partisans hiding and feeding them; joining a partisan military unit; and serving in Celje and Niš. Mr. S. discusses relations between prisoner groups in Jasenovac; the artist Danijel Ozmo whose drawings documented Jasenovac (they survived, the artist did not); and the murders of his two sisters, two brothers, mother, and many other relatives there.