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Jaša A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2199)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2199

Videotaped testimony of Jaša A., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1918. He recalls leaving Belgrade with his cousins and sister on April 6, 1941, when Germany invaded; traveling to a village on the Bay of Kotor; being joined by his family, except one brother who was a POW; brief hospitalization in Cetinje; organizing a Jewish partisan unit; transport of the Jews by the Italians to a military camp in Kavajë, Albania in July; benign treatment by the Italians; ship transfer in November to Bari, Italy, then Ferramonti; prisoner-organized cultural, sport, educational, and administrative functions; deportation of only one person (his cousin) to Croatia at the demand of the Ustas̆a (he was killed in Jasenovac) despite efforts to influence and/or bribe officials; families being allowed to live in villages; their move to Mirandola; friendships with many locals; obtaining visas to Paraguay providing they converted to Catholicism; the village priest converting them; traveling to Madrid; one sister and her husband emigrating to Canada; leaving eleven months later to join the Yugoslav partisans; and his postwar journalism career. Mr. A. emphasizes the importance of Italian help to saving many Yugoslav Jews, even after Italian capitulation.

A., Jaša, 1918-
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
April 6,1991.
Madrid (Spain)
Mirandola (Italy)
Kavajë (Albania : Rrethi)
Cetinje (Montenegro)
Kotor, Gulf of (Montenegro)
Belgrade (Serbia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jaša A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2199). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.