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Oral history interview with Zorka Skiba

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.2.16 | RG Number: RG-50.586.0016

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Zorka Skiba, born in 1937 in Kruhani in the former Yugoslavia, describes the Ustaša and German soldiers looting local stores; the treatment of Serbian and Jewish civilians by Ustaša and German soldiers; hiding during an attack by the Ustaša, which resulted in the burning of her home and murder of her mother; her struggles with her sister to survive, including hiding and foraging for food; mass graves; her deportation to Zagreb; her sister joining the partisans; the conditions of the shelter for orphans; her transfer to Jastrebarsko concentration camp for children; conditions in the camp, including the abuse by the guards and how children were buried alive to clear space in the camp; the actions of her sister's partisan unit; the actions of the Red Cross; her forced conversion to Catholicism; her adoption by one of the camp guards; living in Zagreb, including assisting a Jewish girl and enrolling in elementary school; returning to Sanski Most and reuniting with her family; and life events after the war, including her participation in an annual gathering of concentration camp survivors in Zagreb.

Interviewee
Zorka Skiba
Date
2006 August 03  (interview)
Language
Serbo-Croatian
Extent
4 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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