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Alina Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2045) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2045

Videotape testimony of Alina Z., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1922. She recalls attending an ORT school; German invasion; ghettoization; hunger and round-ups; marriage in 1941; jumping from a train to Treblinka with her husband, having been warned by a Pole of their destination; hiding with a farmer; returning to Warsaw because they feared exposure; living on the Aryan side; returning to her parents in the ghetto because of blackmail threats; hiding in bunkers during the uprising; and deportation to Majdanek in May 1943 and Birkenau several months later. Mrs. Z. recalls her realization that she was pregnant; establishing contact with her husband; sharing extra food he supplied with her friends; the midwife taking her son away immediately after birth (she never saw him again); a death march to Ravensbrück; transport to Neustadt-Glewe; and liberation. She describes returning to Warsaw; traveling to Katowice and Prague; reunion with her husband in Germany; her second son's birth in Marburg; reunion with her sister; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. Z. discusses her pervasive memories; fears of discussing them with her children, and recently feeling able to talk about her experiences; the importance of learning lessons from this period; and her fears that the lessons are lost when observing events in Yugoslavia.

Author/Creator
Z., Alina, 1922-1997.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
April 21, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alina Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2045). 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/1065453
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