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Ivan Š. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3758) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3758

Videotape testimony of Ivan Š., who was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1924. He recounts his parents' family histories; active participation in Hashomer Hatzair, including attending summer camp; learning Hebrew from his grandfather; joining SKOJ, a communist youth group, while attending technical high school; helping to organize a school strike in 1940; Hungarian occupation in April 1941; shootings of many Serbs; his father's death in Budapest in July; difficulty obtaining permission to attend his funeral in Budapest; arrest in October as a member of SKOJ; refusing to admit anything under torture; a trial in December; imprisonment in Budapest; near starvation; transfer to Szeged in October 1942; somewhat improved conditions; his cell mates Vladislav Rotbart and Gavro Altman, who became writers; release in November 1943; return to Novi Sad; joining the partisans; serving in Bački Petrovac, Srem, and Bačka Palanka; liberating several towns; attending engineering school; marriage in 1954; and his son's birth in 1958. He tells of his mother and sister surviving in hiding, barely escaping a mass killing in which most of Novi Sad's Jews were killed, and he discusses the fate of many relatives.

Author/Creator
Š., Ivan, 1924-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
Interview Date
October 20, 1997.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Novi Sad (Serbia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Szeged (Hungary)
Bački Petrovac (Serbia)
Srem (Serbia and Croatia)
Bačka Palanka (Serbia)
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ivan Š. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3758). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.