Serbian Holocaust

Danica Petrović, March 12, 2012, Arandjelovac

Danica Mitrović Petrović was born in 1931 in Veliko Nabrdje near Djakovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Before the Independent State of Croatia was established, Danica had lived in a wealthy, large family of seven. When the war started, and the residents of the Serbian villages of Veliko Nabrđe, Paučje, Borovic and Čenkovo were being taken to the Ustasha camps of Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška, Danica found herself in the same group of prisoners along with our other survivors including Milica Petković, Nada Jerinić Džafran, Aleksandar Jovanović, Mirjana Kon, Gordana Radoičić and Milanka Soleša. In the camps, Danica had lost her father Kosta, mother Jelena, and brother Dimitrije. Separated from parents and elder siblings, Danica and her youngest brother Boško managed to survive the horrors of camps of Jasenovac, Stara Gradiška and Zagreb. After being rescued they lived and worked in the household of Roza Horvat in the neighboring Croat village of Malo Nabrdje where they stayed until the end of the war. They had experienced all the hardships of growing up as orphans on the ruins of a burned down home of their parents, where they lived afterwards. With history repeating itself and war breaking out again, Danica left Croatia in 1991 and has been living as a refugee in Serbia ever since. All of the assets that Danica and her husband Pera had inherited as well as gained themselves over a 54-year period were left behind.

Interviewer: Nada Ljubić | Camera: Dušan Gavrilović | Editing: Nada Ljubić, Dušan Gavrilović | Webmastering: Dusan Gavrilović

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