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Oral history interview with Bistrica Mirkulovska

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.354.20 | RG Number: RG-50.676.0020

Bistrica Mirkolovska, born in 1930 in Skopje, Yugoslavia (now in Macedonia), discusses her father, who took her out of school at the beginning of the war because he did not want her to study under Bulgarian influence; Jewish school friends whom she believes might have been deported to Treblinka; the German invasion; her father’ s enlistment in the army in Kriva Palanka; seeing Germans transporting captured Yugoslavian soldiers; being treated as lower status because of her father’s opposition to the Bulgarian occupation; Bulgarians labeling houses as Jewish or Macedonian; the closing of Jewish stores and transfer of ownership to Bulgarians; seeing Jews wearing Star of David badges; the escape of some wealthy Jewish families to Albania; the deportation of Jewish families in March 1943, led by Bulgarian soldiers and some civilians; the blockade of the city during deportations; and her cousin Zora, who aided the ill son of her Jewish employer by sneaking the child from the hospital to a Catholic monastery where Zora and he stayed until the end of the war.

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Bistrica Mirkulovska
Teon Dzingo
interview:  2012 May 21
1 videocassette (MiniDV).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:27
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