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Oral history interview with Trajko Stamatoski

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.354.17 | RG Number: RG-50.676.0017

Trajko Stamatoski, born in 1925 in Skopje, Yugoslavia (now in Macedonia), discusses his prewar friendships with Jewish classmates and his father’s Jewish business partners; peaceful relationships between Jews and Macedonians before the war; a popular rumor about Jews killing Christian children; restrictions placed on Jews during the Bulgarian occupation; the order for Jews to wear Star of David badges; Jews who were in hiding before the start of deportations; his father denying to hide a Jewish friend’s belongings in fear of reprisals from authorities; the city-wide blockade; Bulgarian soldiers searching his house during deportations; his participation in the SKOJ; the lack of Jews in Skopje following deportations; the looting of Jewish-owned belongings; refugees from western Macedonia moving into formerly Jewish-owned homes; and joining the partisans and fighting in the battle for Skopje in 1944.

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Trajko Stamatoski
Teon Dzingo
interview:  2012 May 20
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 14:15:17
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