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Dora Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1427) interviewed by Laure Gutman and Susan Rosenstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1427

Videotape testimony of Dora Z., who was born in Płońsk, Poland in 1921. She recalls chaos as the war began; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; frequent atrocities; seeing her parents for the last time when they were evacuated from the ghetto; and deportation with her three sisters to Auschwitz in 1942. Mrs. Z. describes the arrival routine including shaving and tattooing; meaningless forced labor; supporting each other during selections; the deaths of her sisters; friendships with other prisoners; new arrivals being herded to the gas chambers; the pervasive stench and smoke from the crematoria; a revolt and execution of the participants; the death march to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt/Glewe; and liberation. She recounts returning to Płońsk; reunion with friends, including her future husband; leaving Poland; and living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp and Zeilsheim, where she married. Mrs. Z. vividly details numerous atrocities in the ghetto and concentration camps.

Author/Creator
Z., Dora, 1921-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
October 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dora Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1427). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.