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Aleksandar D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2191) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2191

Videotape testimony of Aleksander D., an only child, who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1923. He recalls his mother's death; his large, extended family; his father's positions as vice-president of the Belgrade Sephardic community and member of the city council (he was an attorney); German invasion in April 1941; he and his father traveling to Kotor, then Cetinje, thinking it safer under Italian occupation; assistance from his father's colleagues; his father's arrest on June 22; his release with assistance from a retired Yugoslav army officer; traveling to Budva; joining the Montenegro uprising against Italy; arrest; his father convincing the Italians to release them; obtaining a travel document for Bar; altering it to authorize their travel to Split; arrest; imprisonment in Cetinje; his father's death sentence; daily food deliveries from anti-fascists; his father's Italian colleague arranging his release (it was too late for his father) after two months; traveling to Split; staying with relatives; arrest in December; transfer to Koper, then Saint Vincent for "free confinement"; transfer in February 1943 to Ferramonti; educational, social, and religious activities; liberation by British troops in September; joining a partisan brigade in Bari; and fighting in Korčula and Drvar. Mr. D. discusses the loss of almost his entire extended family during the Holocaust; his diplomatic career; and chairing the memorial committee of the Belgrade Jewish community.

Author/Creator
D., Aleksandar, 1923-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
March 23, 1991.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aleksandar D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2191). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.