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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.

W., Zdenka, 1909-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
April 2, 1989.
Kolinec (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
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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