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Oral history interview with Aleksander Novak

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.2.102 | RG Number: RG-50.586.0102

Aleksander Novak, born approximately in 1926 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, discusses lying about his age to be old enough to join the Partisans at the beginning of the war; his arrest by German forces in August 1944; his time in a prison in Celje; physical torture at the prison; his relocation to Slovenske Konjice camp at night; seeing 15 hanging prisoners hanging in trees and hearing their screams; his return to Celje prison; being assigned to the Volkssturm German militia; his escape to the Partisans after his friend Rudi Zumer cut the throat of a German guard; his partisan battalion attacking and killing around 200 Chetnicks after they killed five partisans in his battalion; being arrested by the Ustashas and Chetnicks, escaping a burning abandoned vehicle, and seeing two skulls of known partisan friends.


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Interviewee
Aleksander Novak
Date
interview:  2009 October 19
Language
Serbo-Croatian
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:03
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