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Oral history interview with Iakov Kayun

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.73 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0073

Iakov Kayun, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina in January 1905, describes his family and his father’s death in WWI; graduating from business school and working in a bank (Jewrejska Centralna Banka); being drafted in 1926 into the army for 14 months; his various jobs in the 1930s; the beginning of the German occupation; the killing of Jewish community leaders in Sarajevo by Germans and Ustasa; constructing a hiding place in the cellar of a building and creating a passage behind it and with the help; having opportunities to escape but did not want to leave his sister, who was active in the underground; finding out about a major roundup from his sister and their escape to Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina; staying in Mostar for three days and then escaping to Dubrovnik, Croatia; being transported to an internment camp on the island of Rab; life in this camp before and after the Italian capitulation; his underground activities such as leading a group of 405 people to a liberated area of St. Juray (Sveti Juraj); joining the partisans; life under communist rule; and his immigration to Israel.

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Kayun, Iakov
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:18:58
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