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Maksim S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2200) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2200

Videotape testimony of Maksim S., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1921. He recounts acceptance of Jews as Serbs; attending university; joining SKOJ (an illegal communist youth group) in 1937; fellow members including future war heroes and government officials, among them Vlada Aksentijević and Marko Nikezić; German bombardment in April 1941; volunteering for the army with friends; refusal due to their youth; traveling to Užice; encountering a friend from university, Slobodan Penezić; their return to Belgrade; anti-Jewish restrictions; assistance from non-Jews in bread lines; communications work for the partisans; leaving in July when he became "completely illegal"; joining partisans at Kosmaj Mountain; cooperating with Chetniks; skirmishes against collaborationist forces; reassignment to the Rudnik Mountains in October; hostilities with Chetniks; retreating to Nova Varoš, encounters with Milovan Djilas, a Tito associate; assignment as a medic to the First Proletarian Brigade in Bosnia by Aleksandar Ranković, a communist leader, in February 1942; returning to Serbia after the war; learning his sister had survived in the partisans; receiving a partisan medal; and resuming his studies in Belgrade. Mr. S. discusses partisan battles; his father's execution; and the killing of many relatives by the Germans.

Author/Creator
S., Maksim, 1921-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1992
Interview Date
January 5, 1992.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maksim S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2200). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.