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Oral history interview with Zdravko Petrič

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.19 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0019

Zdravko Petrič, born in 1927 in Skofja, Slovenia, discusses the April 1941 bombing of Ljubljana by the Germans; his brother who joined the partisans; his father who was taken by the Italians to Rab Island in 1941; his father’s return in 1943; the killing of his father by Domobrans; joining the partisans in September 1943; his arrest by German authorities in Iska Vas in November 1943; the German execution of 15 partisans; his transfer to Dachau concentration camp in December 1943; living in barracks with Slovenians, Croats, Italians, Poles, and Russians; the harsh living conditions in the camp; how prisoners took the bodies of dead prisoners to roll call; Jewish prisoners at Dachau; working in a war equipment factory at the camp in Nieckelretz; the brutality of SS guards; the escape and later capture of French Romani prisoners; traveling through Natzweiler and Mauthausen to Gusen 1 where he worked in an airplane factory; the hanging of a Russian prisoner who was accused of sabotaging airplane wings; the physical abuse of prisoners at the factory; his transfer to Gusen 2; liberation by American forces; and the postwar killing of an SS guard by former prisoners.

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Zdravko Petrič
interview:  2009 November 18
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 15:48:24
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