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Samuel Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2186) interviewed by Helen Katz and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2186

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.

Z., Samuel, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 21, 1993.
Chmielnik (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Nowy Korczyn (Poland)
Przedbórz (Łódź, Poland)
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.
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