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Klara A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3751) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3751

Videotape testimony of Klara A., who was born in Bosnia (then Yugoslavia) in 1918. She recounts being the only Jewish family in town; attending a Catholic high school in Travnik and living with her uncle; cordial relations with non-Jews; her family's move to Sarajevo in 1929; leaving college to work so her three brothers could attend; working for a bank until 1941; her brothers fleeing; remaining with her mother; being warned of a Ustaša round-up of Jews; hiding with her mother; leaving possessions with a Muslim neighbor (she returned them after the war); joining her uncle in Travnik; obtaining false papers; traveling to Mostar as Muslims, then to Italian-occupied Split; transporting partisan papers; Italian capitulation in 1943; sending her mother and youngest brother away; remaining to join the partisans; retreating to Livno, then Hvar and Vis; administrative work in Bari; liberating Belgrade; and her career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which afforded her family many advantages. Ms. A. discusses the experiences of many relatives; her career in foreign cities, then as a tour guide; her sadness at the break-up of Yugoslavia and the ethnic conflicts; and her sense of comfort within the Jewish community.

A., Klara, 1918-
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
Interview Date
October 7, 1997.
2 copies: Betacam SP master;band 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Klara A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3751). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.