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44 months in Jasenovac presents an eyewitness account of a prisoner in the largest concentration camp in the former Yugoslavia (now Croatia) during WW II. Between 1941 and 1945, the Ustaše, the governing Croatian fascist regime sympathetic to the Nazis, exterminated between 77,000 and 99,000 Jews, Roma and Serbs at the camp. This book is an authorized translation of the original book that was written in Croatian in 1966.
For three decades, Ruth H. Bloch—a Mount Washington resident, recently turned 80—dreamed of having the Holocaust memoir of her late uncle, Egon Berger, translated from Croatian into English. It’s a story Ben Hiller, Bloch’s grandson and editor of the recently published English translation, says needed to be told.
“When you learn about the Holocaust in school, you learn about Auschwitz and Birkenau. You learn about Poland, Germany and France,” says Hiller. “I knew very little about anything that happened in this part of Europe before my grandma started talking about it. Now, there is a story about a camp few realized existed.”
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Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm