Henry Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1647) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Lucille B. Ritvo
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- October 14, 1991.
- 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.
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.