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Anica D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3580) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3580

Videotape testimony of Anica D., who was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1924. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; a large, extended family; membership in Hashomer Hatzair; leftist political leanings; cordial relations with non-Jews; not emigrating to Palestine due to financial constraints; German invasion; anti-Jewish laws and violence by the Ustaša; her uncle's summary execution; her father's arrest (he did not return); a Muslim man taking her to Italian-occupied Mostar to join her aunts; learning her mother and sister were betrayed during their escape attempt (they perished at Jasenovac); distributing resistance pamphlets; deportation by the Italians to Lopud; benign incarceration in hotels; transfer to Rab; joining SKOJ; nursing training; Italian capitulation; prisoners forming a Slovenian and a Jewish resistance battalion; assignment to the Slovenian unit in Mašun as a medic; the strain of many battles with inadequate food; resting briefly in Gerovo; joining a Croatian unit; retreating during a German offensive; liberation in Gorski kotar; and returning to Sarajevo in 1946. Ms. D. discusses finding most non-Jews unwilling or unable to provide assistance; the deaths of most of her relatives; working as a teacher; marriage; her son's birth; visiting Israel; and her son's emigration to Canada due to the Balkan conflict. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
D., Anica, 1924-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 30, 1996.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Lopud Island (Croatia)
Mašun (Slovenia)
Gerovo (Croatia)
Gorski kotar (Croatia)
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anica D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3580). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.