Aleksandar A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2216) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 3, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Aleksandar A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2216). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Aleksandar A., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1930. He recounts his parents' divorce in 1937; living with his father; good relations with his mother; learning he was Jewish when he was expelled from school in 1940; fleeing with his father to a village during German invasion in April 1941; his father's employment as an architect in another village; the residents' promise to protect their identity; his mother's arrival; their arrest by Chetniks; the torture of other prisoners; German orders to report to Belgrade; his father's transfer (he never saw him again); his father's friend suggesting they escape; his assistance in obtaining false papers; being taken to a train station; escaping with assistance from a peasant; staying in hotels in Belgrade; learning his father was doing forced labor in Poland; traveling to Homolje when it became too dangerous; assistance from Chetniks; hiding in many places with peasants; and retreating with Chetniks when it became dangerous. Mr. A. discusses the importance of assistance from peasants and Chetniks to his and his mother's survival; suffering from cold and hunger; and learning his father chose not to escape so that seventy prisoners would not be executed. He shows photographs and documents.