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Oral history interview with Zdenko John Bergl

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.382 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0499

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Zdenko John Bergl, born in 1929 in Sveti Ivan Zabno, Croatia, discusses his childhood; antisemitism in his hometown; sheltering Austrian Jewish refugees after the Anschluss; boycotting German-made goods in protest of Hitler; the confiscation of his family's property after the German occupation of Croatia; his father's forced labor in his own vineyards; his father's rescue from deportation by an aunt who had connections with authorities; hiding in the Italian-occupied zone of Yugoslavia; celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in hiding; his family's flight to Italy; their confinement in the town of Modena, Italy; obtaining false identification papers under the name "Luigi Bianchi"; hiding in Florence, Italy after the German occupation of Italy; his liberation by the American military; life in the Cinecittà displaced persons camp and meeting his future wife there; forming a Jewish youth group in Cinecittà; dealing on the black market in Cinecittà; his thoughts and feelings about Mussolini and Italy during World War II; his family's decision not to return to Croatia but to immigrate to the United States instead; and joining the American military.

Interviewee
Zdenko Bergl
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2005 September 14  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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