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Matilda B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3588) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3588

Videotape testimony of Matilda B., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1921. She describes her family's poverty; working in a factory starting at age fourteen; cordial relations with non-Jews; caring for her mother who was paralyzed; placing her in a hospital during German bombing in April 1941; she, her younger brother, and a friend moving her mother to an apartment; registering as a Jew; her brother deciding not to register himself and their mother; her brother obtaining false papers for all of them, including her friend; her mother's death in 1942; burying her as a Christian Serb with help from a non-Jewish friend; her brother bringing a starving Jewish child to the partisans; a priest giving him false papers; the partisan keeping the child until the war ended; receiving assistance from her aunt and partisans; liberation of Belgrade; moving to an apartment provided by the partisans; working in a textile factory; many awards as an outstanding worker, her way of repaying those who had helped save her; and meeting Tito in 1947 when she received one award. She notes her father and older brother were killed as Jews. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
B., Matilda, 1921-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 27, 1996.
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Matilda B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3588). 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/4291891
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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