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Zdenka W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1343) interviewed by Susan W. Needle and Nadine Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1343

Videotape testimony of Zdenka W. who was born in Kolinec, Czechoslovakia in 1909. She recalls moving to Prague at age seventeen (her parents were deceased); German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions resulting in dismissal from her job; working for her brother; hearing of atrocities against Jews in Poland; her brother's deportation to Terezín in December 1941; and volunteering for transport to Terezín with her younger sister at her brother's urging by correspondence. Mrs. D. describes her office job; transports from Germany; her older sister's arrival after Heydrich's assassination; her brother's torture and incarceration for smuggling them food; his deportation to Auschwitz in September 1943; her sisters' deportation thirteen months later (she never saw them again), and her own days after her sisters; transfer to Saxony; work in an ammunition factory for six months; two weeks train travel through Germany and Czechoslovakia; return to Terezín on May 1st; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Prague; return of family possessions from some friends and others who refused to return items; and emigration to the United States in September 1946. She discusses dreams about her brother and younger sister and her postwar visits to Czechoslovakia. She shows photographs and artifacts.

Author/Creator
W., Zdenka, 1909-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
April 2, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zdenka W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1343). 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/1055903
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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