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Lillian Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1438) interviewed by Evelyn Umlas and Helene Levin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1438

Videotape testimony of Lillian Z., who was born in 1928 in Czechoslovakia. She recalls Hungarian occupation; conscription of men for forced labor; German invasion; her brother's illness and death; transfer with her extended family to the Munkács ghetto in April 1944; transport to Auschwitz in May; separation from her family; a pregnant woman whose baby was killed shortly after its birth; transfer to Gelsenkirchen; a German who helped the prisoners hide during an air raid; transfer in September to Soemmerda; a six-week death march in March 1945; disappearance of the guards; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. Z. tells of returning home; living with an uncle; traveling to Germany; living in displaced persons camps; marriage in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1949. She relates incidents from her late husband's experiences as a partisan and reflects upon her emotional numbness in the concentration camps.

Z., Lillian, 1928-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1990
Interview Date
March 4 1990.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lillian Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1438). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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