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Miriam O. and Ilona S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1103) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1103

Videotape testimony of Miriam O., who was born in Osijek, Yugoslavia, in 1930. Mrs. O. recalls her father's departure for military service in 1941; fleeing to Sarajevo with her mother, grandmother and sister; air raids; returning to Croatian-occupied Osijek; harsh anti-Semitic measures; eviction from several apartments; and public harassment. She relates being sent with her sister to Sarajevo to live with a Christian aunt; reunion with her mother and grandmother; their flight to Mostar; Italian internment on the island of Lopud; her grandmother's death; transfer to a camp on the island of Rab; remaining after the Italian capitulation because her sister was ill; escaping in late 1943 to the mainland; hiding in forests; a German tank attack which temporarily separated mother and daughters; and her appendectomy by a German physician, a prisoner of the partisans. She tells of partisan liberation of Glina; learning of her father's survival and escape from a POW camp; their return to Osijek; emigration to Israel in 1948; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Her mother, Ilona S., joins her and relates her thoughts on some of these events.

O., Miriam, 1930-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
August 17, 1988.
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Miriam O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1103). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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