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Oral history interview with Mara Vejnovis

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

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.


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Interviewee
Mara Vejnovis
Interviewer
Jasa Almuli
Date
interview:  1997 July 17
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
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:47:31
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