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Oral history interview with Mara Vejnovis

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

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    Oral history interview with Mara Vejnovis


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mara Vejnovis
    Jasa Almuli
    interview:  1997 July 17
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum conducted the interview with Mara Vejnovis on July 17, 1997, in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interviews in August 1997.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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