Father Andrej Tumpej

Father Andrej Tumpej
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    Serbia
    Country name today:
    Serbia

This is Father Tumpej who saved my sister and I during World War II. Andrej Tumpej was declared a righteous gentile and received a certificate from Yad Vashem. His nephew received it for him and my sister was present at the ceremony in Ljubljana when the Israeli ambassador gave his nephew this document since the priest had already died. He died of natural causes. This was a few years ago. I cannot remember the exact date. He helped everyone.

He established the parish on Banovo Brdo and worked there for a long time. He helped everyone: Jews, Communists, everyone. Because of his revolutionary ideas he was transferred to Bitola for sometime. He was old and got ill and was transferred back to Belgrade. Nuns in Dedenje took care of him in their home until his death. I came to visit him there until his death. I didn't go to his funeral because I wasn't in Yugoslavia at the time. He is buried in Belgrade.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Cerge
Interviewer:
Rachel Chanin Asiel
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Belgrade, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Andrej Tumpej
Year of birth:
1886
City of birth:
Saint Lavranac
Country name at time of birth:
Slovenia
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Belgrade
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Catholic priest
after WW II:
Catholic priest

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