Darko Fischer was born in Osijek on January 2, 1938 in a Jewish family. The establishment of NDH on April 10, 1941 and the racial laws marked a mortal danger for the Jews. Darko's family sought refuge from being taken to a camp and certain death. His father fled to Hungary, while his mother took refuge with the children in the town of Odžak in northern Bosnia, where Darko's uncle, a doctor, was somewhat protected. In the spring of 1943, his mother left for Hungary with the children. Their illegal border crossing is made possible by the Osijek lawyer Kamilo Firinger, declared "Righteous Among the Nations" at the end of 2021. By hiding around Budapest, at various addresses and hiding places of the Red Cross, the mother and two children survived and waited for the Red Army to enter, while the father was executed Hungarian Nazis. Darko returns to Osijek in a convoy in April 1945. Today, Darko lives in Zagreb, is active in the Jewish community and tells his story to young people.
Fotografije: Darko Fischer