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Oral history interview with David Levy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.338 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0338

David Levy discusses his childhood in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia); his memories of the invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941 by Nazi Germany; the reprisals against Jewish citizens for actions against German soldiers by the Yugoslavian underground; his mother's fear for his life and obtaining false papers for him; his escape toward the Italian border; being found and imprisoned by Italian troops in Italian-occupied Yugoslavia, where he remained in relative freedom for two years until the fall of Mussolini and the occupation of Yugoslavia by Nazi troops; his flight to Rome, Italy; finding refugee in a cloister in Vatican City; acting as a courier for the Swiss and Yugoslavian government; numerous narrow escapes from detection and arrest; the liberation of Rome by the United States Army in 1944; his successful application to be part of a group of refugees bound for the United States; his experiences on board the United States Army troop ship Henry Gibbins; the frequent attacks by German U-Boats during the voyage, and an encounter with Eleanor Roosevelt in an army camp hospital after his arrival in the United States; his life after the war; his education; his military service; and his family life.


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Interviewee
David Levy
Interviewer
Evelyn Fielden
Date
interview:  1990 March 25
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:46
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