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Oral history interview with Stanislav Kotnik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.5 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0005

Stanislav Kotnik, born in 1925 in Nova Vas in the former Yugoslavia, describes attending a technical school in Ljubljana at the beginning of the war; the active communist party in the school, which led to the closing of the school in 1942; pressure from a priest to denounce the actions of his uncle, who sympathized with the Partisans; the arrest of all men between the ages of 18 and 55 by Italian forces; his own arrest despite being underage; being taken with a group of men to a stable in the village of Veliki Vrh; the role of a local priest, Italian officer, and a soldier in deciding the fate of the prisoners; the execution of the priest by partisans after the capitulation of Italy; his deportation to the concentration camp on the island Rab; the death of inmates due to thirst, starvation, and poor hygiene; life in the Rab concentration camp; his transfer to the village of Reka, then Visoko, then the concentration camp in Gonars; joining the resistance movement; punishment by the Italians for reading classified information to the other inmates; a prisoner revolt in 1943 that led to his escape; being wounded in 1944 and hiding in his brother’s home; the effects of the Holocaust on his family; and the aftermath of the war.

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Stanislav Kotnik
interview:  2009 February 01
2 videocassettes (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 15:48:21
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