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Henry Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1647) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1647

Videotape testimony of Henry Z., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1925. In an exceptionally detailed and descriptive testimony, Mr. Z. recalls his traditional family of seven children; anti-Semitic incidents; his father's death; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; the roles of the Judenrat and Jewish police; smuggling food with assistance from his father's Polish business contacts; hiding to escape work details; family efforts to protect each other; his two brothers' disappearance in 1942; round-ups and transports; evacuation of the Jewish hospital, murder of the patients, and assisting in their burial; being forced to desecrate Torahs; learning of Treblinka; and finding out a sister went on a transport rather than give up her baby. He describes forced labor; a failed escape; working for the S.S. in Szwarlikowska and Szkolna; a forced march to Tomaszów Mazowiecki; deportation to Auschwitz; transfers to Birkenau, Vaihingen, Unterriexingen, and Kochendorf; a death march to Dachau; transport to the Tyrol in April 1945; escape with eight others; liberation by American troops; working for the United States Army; reunion with his two sisters; and emigration to Canada in 1948. Mr. Z. tells of testifying at a war crimes trial in 1972 in Hamburg and family visits to Poland.

Author/Creator
Z., Henry, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
October 14, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1647). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1007878
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:07:00
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