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Hana V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4437)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4437

Videotape testimony of Hana V., who was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1928, one of three children. She recounts German occupation; her father's escape to Italian-occupied Mostar; eviction from their home by Ustaša; truck transport elsewhere, then return to a prison in Sarajevo; deportation to Djakovo; the Osijeck Jewish community arranging her release to a Jewish family in Podravska Slatina; her father sending her false papers; joining him and her siblings in Mostar; transfer to Rab Island during Italian withdrawal; Italian capitulation; partisans placing them in a village; escaping to another village when Germans approached; imprisonment by Ustaša; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July 1944; separation with her sister from her father and brother; slave labor moving stones; becoming ill; friends and her sister obtaining medication for her; transfer to Rajsko; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück; guards leaving during nearby Allied bombardments; escaping with her sister and others; joining Soviet soldiers; being shot during an encounter with Germans; recuperating in Prague; returning to Sarajevo in July; learning her mother was killed in Jasenovac, and her father and brother in Birkenau; marriage; and the birth of four children. Ms. V. discusses a painful visit to Auschwitz in 1970; recreating the close family of her childhood with her husband, children, and six grandchildren; the seige of Sarajevo; losing contact with her children; shooting of her husband in August 1992 in front of their home (he recovered); learning that her daughter and son were both killed in October; the escape of her other two children and her murdered daughter's child; and support from the Jewish community.

Author/Creator
V., Hana, 1928-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Circa 1995
Interview Date
2017.
Locale
Yugoslavia
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Slatina (Croatia)
Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hvar Island (Croatia)
Trieste (Italy)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hana V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4437). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.