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Otto L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3313) interviewed by Dina Katani,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3313

Videotape testimony of Otto L., who was born in Djakovo, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1915, the youngest of five children. He recalls his family's affluence; working in Osijeck; arrest by Ustaša in July 1941; imprisonment; train transport to Gospić, another town, then to Jasenovac; slave labor constructing the camp; frequent shootings by Ustaša; transfer to Krapje to work as a lumberjack; return to Jasenovac after about six months; volunteering for the shoe workshop; transfer to Stara Gradiska; improved conditions during a Red Cross visit; his brother-in-law assisting him when he had typhus; receiving packages from the Zagreb Jewish community; retributive killings when there were escapes; transfer back to Jasenovac in 1943; volunteering as a mechanic; briefly being sent to harvest plums in the Kozara Mountains; not escaping, fearing reprisals on those left in Jasenovac; working in the automobile shop upon return; staging an uprising on April 21, 1945, knowing they would be killed; escaping to the woods; contacting the partisans; incarceration for a month; returning to Osijek; learning no other family had survived; and support from the Jewish community. Mr. L. discusses living day to day in camp; difficulty informing families of relatives' deaths at Jasenovac; and Jasenovac survivors in Israel.

Author/Creator
L., Otto, 1915-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
October 22, 1991 and September 15, 1992.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Djakovo (Croatia)
Austria
Osijek (Croatia)
Gospić (Croatia)
Krapje (Croatia)
Kozara Mountains (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Otto L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3313). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.