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Oral history interview with Yakov Cohen

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.195 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0195

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    Oral history interview with Yakov Cohen


    Interview Summary
    Yakov Cohen, born on March 25, 1916 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia), discusses his family; his four brothers and one sister; his father who was a tailor; getting married in 1937 and having a daughter; the lack of antisemitism before the German occupation; being shocked by the German-Soviet non-aggression pact in 1939; serving in the Yugoslavian army 1935-1936 as an engineering officer; being mobilized in April 1941; the roundup of Jews; having to wear an arm band; doing forced labor along with his brothers and father; removing corpses from rubble; being in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945; being liberated by the Red Army; reuniting with one of his brothers and a cousin; his postwar life in Backo Petrovo Selo, Serbia; getting remarried; immigrating to Israel in 1948; and his views on Judaism and Israel.
    Yakov Cohen
    interview:  1985 May 29
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Cohen, Yakov.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive donated the interview to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017.
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