Darko Fischer: how they saved me
Darko Fischer was born in Osijek on January 2, 1938 in a Jewish family. The founding of the NDH on April 10, 1941, and racial laws marked a mortal danger to Jews. To seek refuge, Darko’s father fled to Hungary, while his mother and the children went to Odžak, in northern Bosnia, where Darko’s uncle, a doctor, was somewhat protected. In the spring of 1943, they reached their father in Hungary. The crossing of the border was made possible by Osijek lawyer Kamilo Firinger, who was declared “Righteous Among the Nations” at the end of 2021. Hiding in Budapest, at various addresses and hiding places of the Red Cross, the family survived, with the exception of Darko’s father, who was killed by Hungarian Nazis. Darko returned 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.