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Oral history interview with Josip Erlih

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0387.2 | RG Number: RG-50.468.0002

Josip Erlih, born in 1927 in Yugoslavia (present day Croatia), in discusses his deportation to Stara Gradiska concentration camp, a former prison and part of the Jasenovac concentration camp complex; how he was beaten by Jewish members of the camp administration in Stara Gradiska; his time working in the tailor shop making uniforms for the Ustasha guards; his transfer to the main camp in Jasenovac in 1943 where he worked in the brickmill; how he found out that his mother and other relatives and friends were killed on the banks of the Sava River near Jasenovac before his arrival there; his experiences with a Kapo named Ilija Paripovic; how he and a friend, a Bosnian Jew, had their work detail changed from the brick mill to the tinsmith shop to avoid death; his memories of the "apelos" (Appel) in Jasenovac and how the Ustasha used the Appels as a time for public executions; the execution of members of the illegal communist organization in Jasenovac; and his memories of the prisoner revolt in Jasenovac on April 22, 1945.

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Josip Erlih
Jasa Almuli
interview:  1997 June 27
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:41:24
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