Sarajevo, November 23, 1941
Today, on the eighth day of the terrible tragedy that has befallen the Sarajevan Jewish community, and for which there are no words to describe it, amidst great uncertainty, and having no direct contact with the relevant commander of the police, left to the difficult fate, we are addressing you, putting all our hopes in you to do whatever you can for these unfortunate hapless ones, who are to be decimated, and perhaps annihilated completely, by the brush of death, disease, and contagion.
These people have spent eight days already without care, without medicines, without enough warm food, without milk for the children—in short, without anything. They are living in great filth that is threatening to bring about a contagion that would spread around the city itself.
We visited the Grand Župan [the district governor] yesterday, to whom we submitted a written petition, a copy of which we are enclosing to this letter.1 At the same time, in a lengthy conversation, we described the grave condition [of the Jews] and urged him to intervene with the authorities in Zagreb. The Grand Župan showed much understanding for our work and needs, and promised that he will immediately send, by radiogram, the suggestions from our petition, and also send by mail the petition itself to the relevant ministry in Zagreb. We are asking you to do the same.
Please confirm receipt of 600,000 kuna we have transferred to you.2
We have learned of the existence of a new camp for female inmates near Novi Marof, to which women from the last Sarajevan transport, and some from Lobor-Grad, have been sent. We are very interested in learning what is going on, where it is located, what are the possibilities for provisioning [food], and how many that camp can accommodate. Namely, we have received information from many quarters that the last transport of women would be returned to Sarajevo, but it has not arrived.3
In these times we especially need your daily briefings about your actions, whether on matters concerning us, or other general issues, and the issues of the Jewish communities. Especially the question of provisioning [food] and the parcels to Jasenovac.
[signed] Srećko Bujas
President of the District Court