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Oral history interview with Zamila Kolonomos

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1292.1 | RG Number: RG-50.406.0001

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Zamila Kolonomos (married name, Sadikario), born in Bitola, Macedonia, describes the well organized Jewish community in Macedonia, where nearly 90 percent of the young Jews belonged to Zionist organizations before World War II; her family, which was not very religious but celebrated all of the Jewish holidays; her father, who was the director of the French-Serbian bank; leaving her family to join the partisans after learning that the Bulgarians were going to expedite the deportation of the Jews from Bitola; hiding out in a store with other would-be partisans, waiting for a connection to the group; joining a partisan unit with the help of some communists; becoming her unit’s journalist in charge of a partisan bulletin; how the members in the unit were good fighters, invalidating the reputation of Jews as bad fighters; enduring sickness and harsh conditions; getting gangrene from frostbite and using a mixture of oil, wax, and sun exposure to cure her leg; marrying a man who saved her life on several occasions; her father’s background as a soldier in the Bulgarian Army; and her family members who perished during the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Jamila A. Kolonomos
Interviewer
Jasa Almuli
Date
1995 November 24  (interview)
Language
Macedonian
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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