Sam Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-768) interviewed by Magdalena Rood and George Serebrenik
- San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
- Interview Date
- April 13, 1986.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sam Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-768). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sam Z., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1918. He recalls having four sisters; injuries from antisemitic assaults; military induction in 1939; defending Warsaw; incarceration as a POW for about three months; returning home; fleeing to the Soviet zone to escape anti-Jewish regulations and violence; living in Lʹviv and Rivne; returning home to persuade his family to join him (they did not); returning to Rivne; German invasion; military draft; officer training; campaigns in Stalingrad and Moscow; transferring to Władysław Ander's Polish army within the Soviet military; serving in Leningrad; eventually reaching Berlin; German surrender; shock at observing camp survivors in Warsaw; returning home; reunion with two sisters; working for Beriḥah smuggling survivors to Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Italy en route to Palestine; brief arrest; working with the Irgun; and emigration to Canada in 1948 to join his sister. Mr. Z. discusses postwar emotional problems and his sister's health problems resulting from a concentration camp beating.