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Rea Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2219) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2219

Videotape testimony of Rea Z., who was born in approximately 1932 and lived in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. She recalls her father was a prominent architect; German invasion in 1941; friends convincing him his career would protect them; relatives escaping to Italian-occupied Split (they survived); her father going into hiding; arrest with her mother; release after ten days; her father's return; their arrest with her grandparents by Ustaša; separation from the men; transport to Djakovo; Jews from Osijek bringing them food; her release to a Jewish family in Osijek; the traumatic separation from her mother; her foster father's assignment as a physician to eastern Bosnia; living in Chetnik villages; a Muslim Ustaša warning them when it became dangerous; living with a Christian-Orthodox priest; partisan confrontations with the Chetniks; her foster father serving in the partisans; joining him in the Majevica Mountains; traveling to Belgrade with the partisans; returning to Osijek; an uncle and aunt claiming her (they eventually adopted her); learning her parents and grandparents had been killed; and a painful parting from her foster family. Ms. Z. discusses her uncle's partisan service and annually visiting a monument to her parents and grandparents in Djakovo (their actual burial sites are unknown).

Author/Creator
Z., Rea, 1932?-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
April 16, 1991.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rea Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2219). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296644
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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