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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.
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.