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Oral history interview with Eva Cavcic

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.135.13 | RG Number: RG-50.459.0013

Eva Cavcic, born in 1923, describes living with her family in Sombor, Yugoslavia (Serbia) at the time of the war's outbreak; switching her affiliation from the Zionist group Tehelet Lavan to the communist youth movement in 1942 because the communists offered a less life-threatening path to resistance against the Nazi regime than the Zionist movement; being a courier for the communists, running messages between two local communist leaders, one of whom committed suicide when the Hungarians came to detain him; being tortured by the Hungarians in November 1942; being sentenced to many years in prison camps, including Bergen-Belsen in January 1943; conditions in Bergen-Belsen, where most of her co-inmates were other Jewish, communist women; the women being well organized and supportive and helping each other survive mass starvation; her parents being deported to Auschwitz; moving after liberation to Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Serbia) and graduating with a degree in chemistry; being supported almost entirely by the efforts of the local Jewish community and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee while earning her education; earning her Ph.D and working at the Institute for Nuclear Studies in Belgrade; and being the first president of the Association of War Veterans and a member of several other veterans associations.

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Eva Cavcic
Hilde Gattmann
interview:  1997 May 04
4 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: 2021-02-16 15:52:28
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