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Jaša A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2199)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2199

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    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)
    Cite As
    Jaša A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2199). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Italian occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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