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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.

Author/Creator
A., Klara, 1918-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
Interview Date
October 7, 1997.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Travnik (Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Livno (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Vis Island (Croatia)
Hvar Island (Croatia)
Bari (Italy)
Belgrade (Serbia)
Copies
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.