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Oral history interview with Jernej Borovnik-Bartolj

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.16 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0016

Jernej Borovnik-Bartolj, born in 1922 in Frankolovo, Slovenia, discusses the deportation of his family from Lipe by German forces; being transferred with his family around Slovenia to Celje, Brestanica, and Slovenska Pozega; living in barracks under the control of Ustase; physical abuse of Serbian prisoners by Ustase; performing manual labor; being transferred to the village of Mali Severin and then to the Croat village Ribnjacko; the mixed population of Romani people, Croats, and Hungarians in Ribnjacko; the burning of Croat villages by Ustase; the presence of partisans; being relocated to Ravenes village; working as a farmer; joining a partisan medical team in April 1943; being arrested by German soldiers and Ustase; physical abuse while incarcerated in Osijek, Croatia; his transfer to a camp in Stara Gradiska, Croatia; poor living conditions and malnutrition in the camp; hearing about the rape and murder of young Jewish girls by Ustase; working in a shoe repair shop with a Jew and Serb; a Red Cross visit to the camp; seeing the bodies of prisoners floating in Sava River; seeing Ustase torture partisans; his release from the camp in 1943; being incarcerated in Bjelovar, Croatia and then in Zagreb, Croatia; serving in the Domobran navy station in Split, Croatia; fighting in the battles for the liberation of Pag and Rab islands; and his demobilization from the army in 1946.

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Jernej Borovnik-Bartolj
interview:  2009 February 07
3 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 15:48:24
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