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Oral history interview with Otto Lingfelder

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.93 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0093

Otto Lingfelder, born on November 29, 1915, in Jakovo, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), describes his early life and the Jewish community of Jakovo; moving to the city of Osijek, Croatia when he was a teenager; his vivid memory of the terrible day when the Germans came to Jakovo in their motorized units; trying escape to the Italian occupied territory with false documents; being taken by the Ustashi one night when they came bursting into the house looking for him; being transported by freight train with many others to Gospic, Croatia and worked several weeks for the local peasants; being rounded up after seven weeks and shipped to Jasenovac in August or September of 1941; living in Jasenovac I, the original section, and the poor living conditions there; his work at the camp, which included building, fencing, and enlarging the camp; working in a shoe shop that was later transferred to Stara Gradiska, Craotia, where he worked for several months; remaining in Stara Gradiska until 1943 when the boot shop was transferred to Lepoglav, Croatia; being sent back to Jasenovac; being transported at the end of 1944 to a factory manufacturing armored vehicles; the massacre of prisoners in Jasenovac; how on April 22, 1945 the last remaining inmates made a prison break, and details about their escape; running with two friends to the forest as the partisans made their attack; being held prisoner by the partisans and sent to Slavonski Brod, Croatia then Lupanje and Osijek; and being released and returning to his home.

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Lingfelder, Otto
interview:  1991 October 22
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:00
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