Samuel Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2186) interviewed by Helen Katz and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- July 21, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Samuel Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2186). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel Z., who was born in Chmielnik, Poland in 1923. He recounts his mother's death when he was five; their abusive stepmother; anti-Semitic incidents; German invasion; forced labor; fleeing a round-up in 1942 with his older brother; hiding in several places, including Nowy Korczyn, with assistance from some Poles; slave labor at the HASAG factory in Kielce and Skarżysko-Kamienna; working outdoors in Przedbórz, which gave him the opportunity to purchase and share food with his brother; mass killings; their transfer to Buchenwald in 1944, then to Niederorschel; and liberation by American troops. Mr. Z. describes fleeing to the American zone; learning of the deaths of his father and younger sisters; searching for his twin brother; their reunion in Milan; living in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; his charge against a concentration camp guard who was deported to Poland; the three brothers' emigration to the United States; and adjustment difficulties. He tells of his marriage in 1964; ever-present memories and nightmares of the war years; and his daughter's encouragement to record this testimony.