Yugoslav General Albert “Beno” Ruso — Watch this Centropa film “The Years Make Their Own on the exploits of Beno Ruso, his brothers, the life of the Bitola Jewish community and his wife, Roza nee Kamhi.

Yesterday in Israel and around the world there were  Yom Ha Shoah commemorations in  the US, Canada, the UK, EU, Australia,  South Afruca and many other venues.  Six Yellow candles were lit – representing the Six Million who perished – memorial prayers for the departed  were said, and speakers, including the dwindling number of survivors, bore witness.

At Yad Va Shem, the national Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem,  the President and  Prime Minister of Israel,  survivors and their families convened to  honor those who witnessed  the horrors of what befell their lost loved ones. Watch this video of yesterday’s Yad Va Shem observances.

Israelis and those who support the Jewish state also commemorated those who resisted the Nazi onslaught.


Yugoslav General  Albert "Beno" Ruso  

In doing research I came across this film produced by Centropa (watch this brief video about Centropa and see the discussion below) of a remarkable group of heroes; Macedonian Jews,  including  the Ruso family from  the  town of Bitola,  who fought the Nazis.    Albert “Beno” Ruso, who  fought in Tito’s partisan Army during the Shoah,  ultimately retired  as a General in the Yugoslav Army in the 1970’s. Ruso was a pallbearer at Tito’s funeral in 1980.

Watch this Centropa film  "The Years Make Their Own  on the exploits of  Beno Ruso, his brothers, the  life of the Bitola Jewish community  and his wife, Roza nee Kamhi.

These Macedonian Jews  lost relatives who were herded off by occupying Bulgarians-Nazi allies during WWII- onto trains that went straight North to the death camps in Poland.  Nevertheless, these  courageous Macedonian Jews, descendents of  Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in the 15th century whose spoken language was Ladino (Judeo Spanish), rose up to fight, first the Bulgarians, and then joined with Tito’s partisan army to rout the Nazis from what was Yugoslavia. To be sure, the Bulgarians realized too late their mistake of sending these Macedonian and Greek Jews in Thrace  to Nazi death camps.  King Boris later saved all of Bulgaria’s Jews in defiance of their Nazi allies.  These events from WWII  are still controversial; watch this Centropa film.   

After WWII, these Macedonian Jewish Partisans came home and married their pre-war Jewish sweethearts from their days as members of labor socialist  Zionist youth group, Hashomer Hatzair.  Beno married Roza Kamhi from Skopje, whose forebearers participated in the 1903 Macedonian uprising against the Turks.   While some  of the Ruso brothers remained in what is now the independent Republic of Macedonia, others settled  with their families in Israel. All the Rusos are  confirmed Zionists.

A word about Centropa.org.  It is a documentation center located in Vienna and  Silver Springs, Maryland that has done remarkable work in interviewing and digitized photos of more than 13,000 survivors and their  lost families in Central and Eastern Europe , producing creative films  and holding international educational conferences.  Centropa is registered in the US as a  registered 501 c3 tax exempt  NGO.

Posted on 05/02/2011 3:28 PM
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2 Responses to Yugoslav General Albert “Beno” Ruso — Watch this Centropa film “The Years Make Their Own on the exploits of Beno Ruso, his brothers, the life of the Bitola Jewish community and his wife, Roza nee Kamhi.

  1. ITgeekRunner says:

    Dear Rictandag, I am grandson of Beno and Roza Ruso and I came across your blog about my grandparents. Thank you very much for blog, but I must correct you. Beno was the firstname of my grandfather, from Benyamin. His partizan “nickname” was Koki. Albert Ruso is his younger brother, in fact the only one still alive, living in Rijeka, Croatia. Albert Ruso, also joined the partizans aldough still a kid at that time. His partizan nickname was Kote. They also had oldest brother David (Dario) Ruso, who was prisoner of war, captured by the Germans. He also survived the WW2.

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