Nikola V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3499) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 17, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Nikola V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Nikola V., who was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia (presently Serbia) in 1922. He recounts attending Serb schools; studying medicine in Belgrade; German invasion in April 1941; fleeing to Cetinje; Italian occupation; acquiring false papers; returning to Subotica, now under Hungarian occupation, in May 1941; moving to Budapest; weekly forced labor; acceptance to medical school in Szeged in September 1943; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; slave labor digging bunkers in Novi Sad; his mother's monthly visits; transfer to Ruthenia, then Ukraine in spring 1944; brutal beatings; deaths from malnutrition and exposure; being wounded; hiding when his unit was transferred; hospitalization; working in the hospital as a medical aide; liberation by Soviet troops in Vylok; traveling to Arad, then Timișoara; living with a Jewish family; traveling to Szeged, then to Subotica in December 1944; reunion with his sister and father; learning of the deaths of many relatives; working in a hospital in Subotica; moving to Belgrade in November 1944; completing medical school; and his marriage to a Serbian woman. Mr. V. notes suffering from occasional nightmares.