Vladimir H. testimony 1996 [video recording]
Date of Recording12 March 1996
SynopsisVladimir H. was born in 1930 in Vinkovci, Croatia. He describes his family. He describes the Jewish community. He recalls the German occupation and his father’s arrest. He explains that his father was taken to Jasenovac camp. He describes increased restrictions and being unable to attend school. He describes a round up and being allowed to travel with his sister to relatives near Dakovo, Croatia. He describes their living conditions. He explains that they ended up on a small farm pretending that they were the housekeeper’s children. He describes the family. He recalls when partisans invaded the village and told them that the war was over. He describes returning to their hometown to find that their old house was occupied. He discusses repossessing their things. He describes the continued assistance of the housekeeper who hid them. He describes being united with an older brother who had hid in Switzerland. He describes going to live with his brother and attending school. He discusses denouncing his citizenship and moving to Israel in 1949. He describes life in Israel and his decision to move to Canada. He describes getting married in Vancouver and having a family. He discusses sharing his experience with his daughter. He discusses the loss of his first wife. He discusses how the Holocaust is depicted in the media and Holocaust denial. He discusses the Jewish community and Croatian community in Vancouver. He discusses attending survivor groups. He discusses Yugoslavia and Croatia. Vladimir shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.