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Dragutin B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3712)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3712

Videotape testimony of Dragutin B., who was born in Čalma, Serbia in 1912, one of six children. He recounts three Jewish families living there; his family history; moving to Zemun in 1920; working in a bank in Belgrade; military draft; marriage to a non-Jew in Pančevo in 1940; retreating through numerous towns, ending in an Italian-occupied area; returning home to be with his family; temporary exemption from anti-Jewish restrictions due to his non-Jewish wife; obtaining false papers with assistance from a non-Jew; working for Organisation Todt in Metovnica; saving two Romanies by obtaining false papers from his German employer; arrest in Bor in October 1943; a foiled escape attempt; interrogation and torture; escaping; reunion with his wife; detainment and interrogation by Chetniks; living in villages under Chetnik protection in fear of discovery as a Jew; joining the partisans in September 1944; participation in the liberation of Belgrade in October; Soviet military service; postwar re-employment by the bank; and divorce, remarriage, and his son's birth.

B., Dragutin, 1912-
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 12, 1996.
Čalma (Serbia)
Zemun (Belgrade, Serbia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Pančevo (Serbia)
Metovnica (Serbia)
Bor (Serbia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dragutin B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3712). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.