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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2765

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    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.
    Z., Boris, 1926-
    Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
    Interview Date
    July 13, 1994.
    Soviet Union
    Rokiškis (Lithuania)
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Marijampolė (Lithuania)
    Cite As
    Boris Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2765). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Volner, Rosalia Daniil, interviewer.
    Kantt, Susanne, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Russian.
    Associated material: Sol S. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-1653), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 33 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mass killings.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Child survivors.

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