Irène Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2167) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Claudine Drame
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1991
- Interview Date
- December 5, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irene Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2167). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irène Z., who recalls evacuation with her family from Paris to the Nièvre region after the outbreak of war; her father's death; living in a village for a year; returning to Paris; working with her mother in their boutique; her older brother's arrest and deportation (they never saw him again); hiding on July 16, 1942; arrest of her mother and brother; unsuccessfully trying to join them in the Vélodrome d'Hiver; learning they were sent to Pithiviers; arranging to hide her twelve year old brother; acquiring false papers in Lyon; joining the Resistance as a courier in Grenoble; arrest and interrogation by the Gestapo; futilely maintaining she was not Jewish; deportation to Drancy, then to Auschwitz; working in the kitchen; public hanging of a Belgian who was caught escaping; assisting in the delivery of a baby; the death march; train evacuation to a camp near Hamburg; liberation by Soviet troops; and returning to Paris. Mrs. Z. recalls marriage to a survivor; her loss of belief in God due to her experience; her son's perception of her experience; her sense of being Jewish (not religiously) and a humanist.