The following news article, entitled “Israeli Woman’s Aid Saves Family”, appeared in The Spokesman-Review on 7 August 1992, some four months after the beginning of the Bosnian war.
Israeli Woman Saves Bosnian Muslim Family
Israeli Woman’s Aid Saves FamilyBosnian Muslims hid her from Nazi troops
JERUSALEM — A Holocaust survivor whose family was saved from the Nazis by Muslimneighbors in Sarajevo is paying back the debt.Tova Greenberg, 54, has rescued some of her saviors’ relatives from the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and is sheltering them in her Jerusalem home.But as the world is bombarded with images of Yugoslavia’s bloody breakup, Greenberg onSaturday told a tale of bureaucratic indifference to her efforts to find a permanent home for 35-year-old Amra Berian and her children, Tanya, 3, and Igor, 11.American consular officials turned down Berian’s request for an immigration visa to the UnitedStates, telling her she must file the application from her home in ravaged Sarajevo, Greenbergsaid.And Israeli officials have not responded to her request to let Igor attend a summer day camp for Yugoslav refugee children so he won’t feel so strange in Israel, she said.Greenberg was a toddler during World War II when her home in Sarajevo was destroyed byshelling and she and her family found sanctuary with Berian’s grandfather.In an interview with Israel army radio Saturday, Greenberg recounted the kindness of her hosts,who could have paid with their lives if they had been caught by the Nazis and their collaborators.“Many times, my mother went out with the women in the family who in those days wore black veils,” Greenberg said. Her mother also donned a veil and covered the yellow Star of David patch that Jews were forced to wear.“This is how we moved around and survived,” she said.Later, Berian’s grandfather and other neighbors smuggled Greenberg’s family from Sarajevo toa safe haven.Greenberg’s family was among the lucky few to survive Sarajevo during the Nazi era. In 1941,10,500 Jews lived in the city, but most perished in Nazi death camps, including nine of her