Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Sofia L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3502) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3502

Videotape testimony of Sofia L., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1939 to a Jewish mother and Orthodox Serbian father. She recounts her father's involvement with progressive causes; her mother meeting him when he was imprisoned with her brothers (they were leftists as well); their marriage in 1938; his execution as a communist in 1941; her maternal grandmother moving in with them after her father's death; her grandmother's deportation, then her mother's (she never saw them again); the soldiers leaving her behind with her mother's assistant because she was so ill they thought she would die shortly; her mother's assistant's mother taking her as her own child; the entire neighborhood hiding her identity; learning her uncles were killed as partisans; postwar assistance as a war orphan; learning she was Jewish; participating in a Jewish youth group (with Tugomir B. among others), which provided a positive identity; becoming a teacher; teaching in Banovo Polje, then Aleksandrovac; marriage; her son's birth; living in Požarevac; moving to Belgrade; and doing social work for the Jewish community. Ms. L. notes not feeling like an orphan because of her adoptive mother and pride in both her Jewish and Serb heritages.

L., Sofia, 1939-
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 17, 1995.
Belgrade (Serbia)
Banovo Polje (Serbia)
Aleksandrovac (Serbia : District)
Požarevac (Serbia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sofia L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3502). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:58:00
This page: