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Boris Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2765) interviewed by Susanne Kantt and Rosalia Daniil Volner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2765

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.

Author/Creator
Z., Boris, 1926-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
Interview Date
July 13, 1994.
Language
Russian
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1089256
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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