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Elisheva Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1061) interviewed by Tamar Shushan and Dina Porat,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1061

Videotape testimony of Elisheva Z., who was born in 1931 to a Vishnitz Hasidic family in Sighet, Romania. She recalls Hungarian occupation; general disbelief of reports of annihilation of Jews from a man returning from Poland; German occupation; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau with her family in May 1944; prisoners informing them how to survive selection; encountering Gisella Perl, whom she knew in Sighet, and who often helped her in camp; separation from her mother (whom she never saw again); saving her shoes (she still has them); her sisters trading their food for medicine for her when she had typhus; disappearance of one friend whom she still mentions in memorial prayers; male prisoners tossing food to them; and praying every morning for bread. Mrs. Z. recounts transfer with her sisters to Torgau; the birth of a baby in their barrack; writing poems and keeping a diary; a German worker giving her food; liberation by United States troops; and living in a hotel in Leipzig. She emphasizes the importance of her sisters and friends to her survival.

Z., Elisheva, 1931-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
May 4, 1984.
Sighet (Romania)
Leipzig (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elisheva Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1061). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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