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Oral history interview with Mara Vejnovis

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0387.8 | RG Number: RG-50.468.0008

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Mara Vejnovis, a Serbian born in Novska, Croatia in 1923, discusses her deportation to Stara Gradiška, a camp within the Jasenovac concentration camp complex, where she was put in an area reserved for Croat leftist women; her involvement with the clandestine communist organization in the camp; her work assignment to children deported from Serbia in Summer 1942; her witness to the murder of children by "four Catholic nuns" who wiped the mouths of the children with a poison and to the murder of a group of children by Ustasa (Ustasha) with poisonous gas in a barrack; her witness to the murder of the Jews from her home town of Novska, who were forced to ingest caustic soda (Sodium hydroxide); her memories of mass murders on the banks of the Sava River near Stara Gradiška; her release from Stara Gradiška in an exchange of leftist inmates for German and Ustasa officers captured by partisan resistance fighters; how after liberation she became a teacher and worked for the communist Central Committee in Croatia; and her relationship and work with Croatian president Franjo Tudjman. Vejnovis continues by discussing and rejecting allegations against the Jews in Jasenovac concentration camp.

Interviewee
Mara Vejnovis
Date
1997 July 17  (interview)
Language
Serbo-Croatian
Extent
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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