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Oral history interview with Magda Micic-Milijasevic

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.135.8 | RG Number: RG-50.459.0008

Magda Micic-Milijasevic (née Fenje) describes the beginning of antisemitic persecution in the town of Raska, Serbia; her father being popular in Raska and a veterinarian who charged on a generous sliding scale; the Germans invading Serbia in April 1941; their house being confiscated and the villagers coming to their aid; the local Serbian Christian Orthodox priest offering Magda's family shelter in his own home; the growing necessity to leave the village; the villagers organizing an escape route for the Fenje family; her family boarding a railway car during a busy market day and being transported to Biljanovac, Serbia; the villagers in Biljanovac putting her family in a small house and supplying them food and provisions throughout the winter of 1941-1942 and refused payment for their benevolence; her family going back to Raska in February 1942 and trying to get Magda's father's pension when they were warned once again of the Germans' searches; her father being escorted to another village where a family cared for him; her injury during an escape and being cared for by a peasant and then another family; rejoining her own family; her family being provided with false identification papers; meeting and marrying a Serbian royalist Chetnik while in hiding; being imprisoned by the Chetniks for stating that political infighting should end; being saved from execution by the local Chetnik commander, who saw Magda with her baby; the commander reporting that he could not find her while she hid for the remainder of the day in a stack of hay; her husband disappearing when Tito's partisans defeated the Chetniks; and the survival of the rest of her family.

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Micic-Milijasevic, Magda
Newmham, Tami
Rosenthal, Caroline
interview:  1997 April 17
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:10:41
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