Jakov D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3759) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
- Interview Date
- October 21, 1997.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jakov D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3759). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jakov D., who recounts moving to Belgrade from Sarajevo in 1937; attending school; briefly fleeing when Belgrade was bombed in April 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; his parents obtaining documents as non-Jews from Serbian friends; hiding most of the time; Serbian friends suggesting they leave due to pending deportations; traveling with his parents and sister to Niš; a Serb official providing them and two other Jewish families with an apartment, new identification documents, and food; moving to Donji Matejevac in 1944 to escape severe bombings; local peasants caring for them; liberation by partisans, Soviets, and Bulgarians; returning to Niš; moving back to Belgrade in April 1945; attending university; marriage to a Serb; and his career as a professor until his retirement in 1991. Mr. D. emphasizes good relations with Serbs, many of whom risked their lives to save his family and other Jews.