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30th anniversary hospital medallion and box awarded to a Macedonian Jewish man

Object | Accession Number: 2011.108.13 a-b

Medallion awarded to Dr. Avram Sadikario in 1979 from the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Yugoslavia (now North Macedannia), where Avram began teaching in 1952. The medallion bears the University’s emblem and was awarded to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding. Avram Sadikario was in his third year of studying medicine at the University of Belgrade when the Axis powers declared war on Yugoslavia. On April 4, 1941 he left Belgrade and returned to Bitola. Two days later Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria invaded and partitioned Yugoslavia and the Macedonian region was occupied by Bulgaria. Anti-Jewish laws were passed that restricted Avram and his family’s lives. Later that year, Avram joined the Yugoslav Communist Party serving in and founding several underground resistance cells. In 1942 Avram accompanied his brother Sami to Sofia, Bulgaria for medical treatment. While he was gone, his resistance cell was discovered and Avram did not return home with his brother. He remained in Sofia and went into hiding. In spring 1943, Jews were expelled from the city and Avram travelled to a camp in Pleven and was held there until the end of summer. On September 8 1944, he participated in the liberation of the central prison where he remained until he was liberated by the Soviets. Germany surrendered May 7, 1945. After liberation, Avram worked for several months as state security and then as a doctor in Pleven. In June, 1947, Avram married partisan fighter Jamila Kolonomos.

commemoration:  1949-1979
received:  1979 April 24
received: Skopje (Macedonia)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jamila Kolonomos
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 08:45:25
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