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Aleksandar M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2198) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2198

Videotape testimony of Aleksander M., who was born in Yugoslavia. He recalls attending university in Belgrade; German invasion; applying to the military in Sarajevo; being warned by a Jewish soldier to leave; traveling to Herceg-Novi, Dubrovnik, then Split; benign Italian occupation; good treatment from the local population; receiving financial support from the Joint through Delasem, an Italian-Jewish welfare organization, and the local Jews; transfer to Korčula Island; organizing support of children without families, schools, and cultural activities; learning of imminent danger through a local Franciscan monk and Austrian anti-Fascist; partisan takeover in September 1943; evacuation of non-military-age people to Italy; enlistment in the partisans; commanding a mortar group; partisan naval service on Vis Island, Trogir, and Split; demobilization; returning to Belgrade; and completing his education. Mr. M. discusses his parents' experiences (his mother was killed); the role of his friends in the partisans and military; the opportunity for Jews to escape persecution through the partisans; and Jewish contributions to the partisans and Yugoslav liberation.

Author/Creator
M., Aleksandar.
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
April 6, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aleksandar M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2198). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.