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Oral history interview with Žarko Vidović

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.1.20 | RG Number: RG-50.585.0020

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Žarko Vidović, born in 1921 in Tesenj in the former Yugoslavia, describes his education, including the different student organizations at his school in Zagreb; joining the Yugoslav Army; traveling to Novi Sad for training; suffering a defeat by the German army; leaving the army and traveling to Sarajevo; Ustase members destroying synagogues in Sarajevo; propaganda against the Jews, Roma, and Serbs; assisting Serbs hiding in the forest around Sarajevo; the deportation of Jews and Serbs; restrictions placed upon the Jewish and Serbian communities; creating anti-Hitler propaganda; helping Jews escape to the Partisans and Chetniks; watching a column of Serbs going through Sarajevo guarded by Ustase; the actions taken by German forces to calm the Serbian community; his multiple arrests and eventual deportation to Jasenovac concentration camp; his transfer by German soldiers to Staro Saimiste concentration camp to work; his transfer to Szczecin to work on a ship in terrible conditions; his transfer to Beyfjord and his work there; retaliation by German soldiers for the escape of two prisoners; his escape to Sweden with the assistance of a Norwegian man; remaining in Sweden until the end of the war; and returning to Yugoslavia.

Interviewee
Žarko Vidović
Date
2007 September 27  (interview)
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
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