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Oral history interview with Eduard Sajer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0387.3 | RG Number: RG-50.468.0003

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Eduard Sajer, born in 1922 in Avtovac, Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Hercegovina), describes being an Ashkenazi Jew raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina; his involvement with a union sports club and the Communist Youth before World War II; his imprisonment by the Ustasha in August 1941; his deportation by train to Jasenovac concentration camp in November 1941; the separate barracks for Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews and Serbs in Jasenovac; his work as an electrician in the camp; his participation in digging graves for prisoners who had been executed by a blow to the head with mallets by the Ustasha guards and his witness to the execution of his younger brother, Albert, by the same means; his memories of Danon, the "head Jew" in the grave diggers group, who managed to escape from Jasenovac, but was captured and executed by partisans for his alledged mistreatment of prisoners in Jasenovac; the relationships among inmates in Jasenovac; the illegal communist network in Jasenovac and his own involvement with a small solidarity group with other electricians in the camp; the scarcity of food and water in Jasenovac; the prisoner revolt in Jasenovac on April 22, 1945; and how he joined Josip Tito's partisans and fought in the resistance after his escape.

Interviewee
Eduard Sajer
Date
1997 June 28  (interview)
Language
Serbo-Croatian
Extent
5 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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