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Oral history interview with Trajko Grujoski

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.354.18 | RG Number: RG-50.676.0018

Trajko Grujoski, born in 1921 in Rakovo (Krateró), Greece, discusses being raised in Bitola, Macedonia; his Jewish childhood friends in Bitola; the large prewar Jewish population in Bitola; peaceful relations between Jews and non-Jews; the early German occupation of Bitola; changes and restrictions for Jews under the Bulgarian occupation; the establishment of the Jewish quarter; the belief among Jews that they would live under Bulgarian protection; joining the partisans in 1942 and serving with Jewish partisan Beno Ruso; the difficulty for Jews to join partisan units which were poorly organized; managing the Bitola SKOJ; the arrest of many of Bitola’s communists; Bulgarian proclamations in local newspapers for the death of partisans; his father and brother being taken to a camp in Skocivar because of his association with communists; witnessing an execution of a partisan accused of being a Bulgarian spy; staying in liberated territory as a communist commissar; and his participation on a commission looking into why so few Macedonian Jews were saved.

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Trajko Grujoski
Teon Dzingo
interview:  2012 May 20
2 videocassettes (MiniDV).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:49:36
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