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Rafael A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3324) interviewed by Anita Tarsi and Jenny Loebel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3324

A continuation of the videotape testimony of Rafael A., who recalls German bombing of Belgrade in April 1941; escaping southward, intending to emigrate to Palestine; encountering German tanks in Užice; returning to Belgrade; forced labor removing corpses in Smederevo; his parents' visit; a furlough in Belgrade; traveling to Niš, then to Pirot to join his family; living near Rachel A., his future wife, and her family; benign Bulgarian occupation; visiting relatives in Sofia; conscription for forced labor in spring 1942; returning to Pirot in November; anti-Jewish restrictions; a round-up with his parents and Rachel A.'s mother; a week in Dobruja; escaping from a train transport; walking to Lom; traveling to Sofia; reunion with Rachel A.'s family, including her mother who also had escaped; obtaining false papers; traveling to Skopje, then into Albania; assistance from local Albanians who knew they were Jews: living in Kavajë; arrival of Germans; fleeing to Shkodër disguised as Muslims; boarding a boat for Italy in February 1944; being greeted by Yugoslav partisans; traveling to Monopoli, then Bari; and illegally emigrating to Palestine in May.

A., Rafael, 1920-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
January 30, 1992.
Užice (Serbia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Smederevo (Serbia)
Niš (Serbia)
Pirot (Serbia)
Lom (Bulgaria)
Sofia (Bulgaria)
Skopje (Macedonia)
Kavajë (Albania : Rrethi)
Shkodër (Albania)
Monopoli (Italy)
Bari (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rafael A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3324). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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