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Oral history interview with Slavko Djekanović

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.2.73 | RG Number: RG-50.586.0073

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Slavko Djekanovic, born in 1929 in Medjedja, Bosnia and Herzegovina, discusses the arrival of Ustaše and hearing the firing of guns during a mass shooting; peaceful resistance by village men until the Kozara Offensive in June 1942; his time at Cerovljani camp and Ustica camp; the rape of women by the Ustaše; seeing bodies in Sava River; his mother covering his head with a scarf so he could remain with her instead of being transported to another camp; his relocation to Pozega and returning to Bosnia; hiding from Ustaše in Kozara forests; witnessing Ustaše setting bodies on fire; widespread massacre of families; the Ustaše firing guns at him while in the Kozara forest; joining partisans; seeing ground holes, ash and bones, and the smell of death in Gradina; and witnessing bodies floating in the Sava River.

Interviewee
Slavko Djekanović
Date
2008 September 11  (interview)
Language
Serbo-Croatian
Extent
2 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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