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Cover of a false identification card issued by local church authorities to the Croatian Jew, Zdenko Bergl, who was then living in "free-confinement" with the Mitrani-Andreoli family in Modena, Italy, under the name of Luigi Bianchi.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 02470

Cover of a false identification card issued by local church authorities to the Croatian Jew, Zdenko Bergl, who was then living in "free-confinement" with the Mitrani-Andreoli family in Modena, Italy, under the name of Luigi Bianchi.

The identity card, which was issued after the armistice and the German occupation of Italy, registered his place of birth as Bari, a town in the part of Italy already under Allied control. Verification was therefore impossible.

The donor, Zdenko Bergl was born August, 1929 in St. Ivan Zabno in Croatia. He is the son of Nandor Bergl, a businessman, and Ilonka Bergl. Zdenko survived the war in hiding in Croatia and Italy. In August 1941 as a twelve year old boy, Zdenko left his hometown and went into hiding in Susak, Croatia. He remained there for six months before fleeing over the border to Modena, Italy. He succeeded in securing false papers from the local church authorities and lived in "free-confinement" with the Mitrani-Andreoli family in Modena until September 1943. From Modena Bergl continued on to Florence where he stayed with the family of Neila Fussi until the end of the war in August 1944. Afterwards he resided in the Cinecitta DP camp in Rome. When he completed high school in September 1947 he moved to Lake Como, Italy. In 1949 he succeeded in obtaining immigration papers for the U.S. Bergl sailed aboard the U.S. Army transport vessel, Marina Jumper, from Naples to New York in November 1949.

Date
September 1943
Photo Designation
RESCUERS & RESCUED -- Italy
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Zdenko Bergl
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