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Oral history interview with Allan Herskovich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.560 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0560

The interview describes Mr. Herskovich's childhood and family in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, where he was one of seven children. Mr. Herskovich describes playing table tennis competitively for Yugoslavia, and traveling to Germany in 1937 where he encountered the antisemitic laws of Nazi Germany. HMr. Herskovich discusses his plans to join the Yugoslavian military, the invasion of Zagreb by Germany which prevented this, and his flight from Yugoslavia. Mr. Herskovich details the various locations where he was incarcerated in Yugoslavia, including Split and the Island of Korcula, his release and move to Italy, his arrest and subsequent imprisonment in a concentration camp in Sicily. Mr. Herksovich describes the humane treatment he received from his Italian guards, and contrasts his experience with that of his sister and father who were transported to Auschwitz and perished there. Mr. Herskovich describes his liberation by American troops, acting as an interpretor for American forces, remaining in Italy for seven years, and his eventual immigration to the United States, first to Nebraska and then to San Francisco, where he settled, met his wife and had a family.

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Allan Herskovich
Helen Lange
interview:  1990 May 26
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 09:35:35
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