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Livija A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3757) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3757

Videotape testimony of Livija A., who was born in Subotica, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1917 to a Jewish father and Catholic mother. She recounts being raised as a Catholic; celebrating Passover with her father's family in Budapest; her father changing his name to an obviously Serb one; attending architecture school beginning in 1936; expulsion as a Jew in 1941; her parents' eviction; living in Belgrade; working for a man who knew she was Jewish; her father's employment by friends; his death in an accident; hiding Jewish friends of her parents (one committed suicide when they were caught, one was killed, and one survived); their arrest; release due to influential friends; her mother immediately traveling to Zagreb to live with her sister, who was married to a Serb; marriage by an Orthodox priest, after she converted, to a Jewish man living on false papers as a Serb; fleeing when her husband's room was searched by police; liberation; her conversion to Judaism; active participation in the Jewish community; emigration to Israel; and returning in 1956. Ms. A. discusses her sons' marriages to non-Jews; one son's alienation from them and identity as a non-Jew (he lives in Israel); and her other son's strong Jewish identity.

Author/Creator
A., Livija, 1917-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
Interview Date
October 16, 1997.
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Livija A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3757). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298879
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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