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Oral history interview with Štefanija Kogoj

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.22 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0022

Stefanija Kogoj, born in 1925 in Papezi, Slovenia, discusses the looting and destruction of her village by Italians forces in July 1942; the removal of all village men following the conflict with partisans; being taken with her family to Rab concentration camp on the Italian occupied island; her father’s report that almost all of the village men were executed; many deaths, predominately among children, on Rab as a result of harsh living conditions and malnutrition; the death of her mother and uncle; rescuing her grandmother when the camp was flooded; being transferred with other women to Gonars concentration camp; dehumanizing behavior from Italian guards; improved living conditions in barracks and access to water; widespread death among elderly prisoners due to disease and starvation; her release after the capitulation of Italy in September 1943; returning to Papezi to discover a burned down village; and living in Croatia postwar.

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Štefanija Kogoj
interview:  2009 November 20
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 15:48:25
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