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Oral history interview with Bozo Svarc

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0387.1 | RG Number: RG-50.468.0001

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    Oral history interview with Bozo Svarc


    Interview Summary
    Bozo Svarc, born in 1920 in Zagreb, Croatia, discusses his arrest by the Ustasha in May 1941; his time in Jadovno concentration camp in the Lika region; his escape from an execution with the help of a Croat classmate from Zagreb, who was a member of the Ustasha unit carrying out the executions; his deportation to Jasenovac concentration camp in August 1941; his escape from Jasenovac in the fall of 1942 with his friend, Pavel Lev; his affiliation with Josip Tito's partisans in the mountains of Slovenia; how he learned of mass murders of Serbs and Jews in Krapje camp and a "death run" from the Krapje camp to Jasenovac; how he found a friend and fellow Macabee (Maccabi World Union) sports club member, Pavel Lev, from Zagreb, and how Pavel told him of the atrocities in Krapje camp; and his witness to gruesome atrocities by the Ustasha. Bozo Svarc also discusses and refutes allegations that Jasenovac was a working camp and not a "liquidation camp." He goes on to say that most new deportees never entered the camp itself, but were taken across the Sava River on the Bosnian side and massacred near the Serbian village of Bosanska Gradiska.
    Bozo Svarc
    Jasa Almuli
    interview:  1997 June 24
    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 Bozo Svarc on June 24, 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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