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Jas̆a Altarac papers

Document | Accession Number: 2002.438.1

The Jaša Altarac papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence, Mermer-Oniks business records, photographic materials, and a newspaper documenting the Altarac family in Belgrade; their Holocaust itinerary of flight, imprisonment, deportation, and hiding through Skopje, Pristina, Kavaja, Kamza, and Tirana; and Mayer Altarac’s marble business Mermer-Oniks.
Biographical materials include identification papers, travel permissions, labor documents, and false identification papers documenting Mayer, Mimi, and Jaša Altarac in Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Kavaja, and Tirana. This series also includes the notebook the Altarac family used to record the signatures of Italian police in Kavaja proving that the family reported to the police station daily.
Correspondence includes Red Cross inquiries from Mimi Altarac seeking information about Frieda and Andrija Barta and about Esther, Ana, and Leon Finci as well as two letters from Albert Altarac, Mayer Altarac's brother, to Gavro Navon and Mario Altarac in Pristina. This series also includes postwar receipts for money sent to Palomba Finci, Hajima Altarac, and Joska Herman in Vareš-Majdan, Mostar, and Sarajevo.
Mermer-Oniks records include prewar building documents, commercial correspondence, letterhead, and tax payments as well as postwar surveys of quarries documenting Mayer Altarac’s marble and granite business. Mayer was one of the most prominent architects in prewar Belgrade. He discovered several sources of marble and other stone in Yugoslavia and used the stone from his quarries in his architectural projects.
Photographic materials include loose family photographs and pages from a family photo album documenting the Altarac family in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Pristina, Kavaja, Kamza, and Tirana, as well as vacation photos from Bled, Makarska, Planica, Postojna, and Split. Photographs include the Altarac family while imprisoned in Pristina and while living at the “red house” in Kavaja, Jasa Altarac’s class portrait from Kavaja where he attended school under a false Muslim identify, and photographs of the family during hiding in Kamza and Tirana. This series also includes two photographs of Jaša Altarac’s wife, Enica Frances, and her family from Skopje. They were rescued during the war by Dr. Tode and Lala Hadjimitkov, taken to Tirana, and went into hiding. Albanians Zonda and Hamdi Kasapi later helped them escape arrest and hid them in the remote village of Zaliheri.
The newspaper is the May 9, 1945 issue of Borba, the Yugoslav communist party organ.

inclusive:  circa 1915-1964
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jas̆a Altarac
Record last modified: 2021-11-22 11:24:37
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