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Tugomir B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3582) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3582

Videotape testimony of Tugomir B., who was born out-of-wedlock in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1932 to a Jewish father and Serbian-Orthodox mother, a physician. He recounts having no contact with his father; German invasion; his mother joining the Chetniks to protect him from Nazi anti-Jewish persecution; moving to Požega; traveling around with Chetnik groups (some knew he was Jewish); his mother instructing Chetnik medics in Gorobilje; placement with a family in Druzetici; hiding in the mountains during German raids; liberation; learning his mother was saved from reprisals against Chetniks by communist partisans she had helped (she could never work as a physican again); moving to Čačak; attending a school for printers; transfer to Belgrade; living in an orphanage; reunion with his mother; meeting his father and half-brother; his father's dismay at the orphanage's poverty level; accepting his offer to live with his family; learning his paternal family had all been murdered by the Nazis (his father had been a POW); his father supporting his gymnasium and university education; and active participation in a Jewish youth club. Mr. B. discusses his father conveying his strong sense of Jewish identity despite not being religious; marriage to a non-Jew; informing his children of his Jewish ancestry; sending them for one-year visits to Israel; and creating Jewish art objects. He shows catalogs of his art exhibits and photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Tugomir, 1932-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 28, 1996.
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tugomir B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3582). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291877
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