Isak S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2192) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 2, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Isak S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2192). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Isak S., who was born in 1916 in Thessalonikē, Greece, the oldest of four children. He recounts his family's return to Štip when World War I ended (his family had been in Štip for generations); working in a bank in Ljubljana; moving to Sarajevo after the war started in Yugoslavia in April 1941; Bulgarian occupation; volunteering for military service; anti-Jewish restrictions; leading an underground group in Štip; a raid on underground members in November 1942; asking non-Jews for hiding places based on military surrounding the town; a round-up of all Jews in March 1943; escaping; hiding outside town, then with a partisan colleague who arranged to hide him in a rural vineyard; attending underground meetings, but moving frequently; joining a partisan group in the Šar Mountains, then Albania; assisting the Allies; learning his parents, siblings, and extended family had been deported to Treblinka (fewer than ten of 550 Jews from Štip survived); and his postwar career. Mr. S. discusses the history of Macedonian Jewry, particularly in Štip, and Jewish participation in the partisans.