Boris Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2765) interviewed by Susanne Kantt and Rosalia Daniil Volner
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
- Interview Date
- July 13, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Boris Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2765). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Boris Z., who was born in Rokiskis, Lithuania in 1926 and raised in Kaunas. He recalls the rich Jewish culture in Kaunas; anti-Semitic incidents; an unsuccessful escape attempt with his family after the German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; slave labor building an airport; a selection on October 26th, followed by mass killings in the Ninth Fort on October 28th; briefly working as a courier; digging trenches in Marijampolė; returning to Kaunas in 1944; volunteering to enter a camp upon the ghetto's liquidation; deportation with his family to Kaufering; and his mother's removal from the train. Mr. Z. describes building an underground factory; assistance from a German guard; separation from his father and brother; liberation from Dachau by United States troops; reunion with his brother and father in June 1945; separation from them in Chemnitz when he was drafted into the Soviet army; contacting his parents and brother in West Germany; arrest with his mother; release from the Soviet camps in 1955; contacting his father and brother in the United States; reunion with his brother in 1964 in Kaunas; his mother's emigration to the United States in 1967; and his emigration to Israel in 1990. He reads his Yiddish poem about the Holocaust.