Perla B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3500) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 20, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Perla B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3500). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Perla B., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1925. She recalls her mother had converted from Catholicism to marry her father; their affluence and orthodoxy; destruction of their apartment during German bombing in April 1941; assistance from Serb friends; her father registering as a Jew (her mother was exempt as a born Catholic and she was exempt due to her age); her father's incarceration in Topovske Šupe; visiting him there; his deportation in November (they never saw him again); her mother obtaining documents proving her family had been Catholic for 200 years, thus exempting her (Perla) from deportation; baptism in 1942; working as a babysitter; her mother working in the Italian embassy, and obtaining a job for her there; the ambassador's wife helping many Jews escape; the ambassador's transfer when the Germans found out; remaining in the embassy; liberation; and she and her mother working for the Jewish cafeteria. Ms. B. notes she never converted back to Judaism since her baptism was invalid; she and her mother observing Jewish holidays; continuing gratitude to Serbs who helped them; anger that Topovske Šupe is not marked or memorialized; and the fates of many Jewish relatives.