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Jolly Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-972) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-972

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Jolly Z., whose testimonies were recorded in 1979 and 1983. Mrs. Z. notes her visual memories are strongest; frustration that her previous testimonies did not include her observations and reflections; the collective aspects of the Holocaust ameliorating her painful personal losses; living life to the fullest as revenge over the absurdity of life; in concentration camps, acting, and then feeling and reflecting later; cultural differences between eastern and western European Jews in the camps; guilt that her mother would not allow her to share their extra food with others; detachment from public speaking about her experiences despite being sick prior to and after each event; feeling during her public appearances as though she were actually "there" (back in the camps) with accompanying sensory stimuli; her hope that she will be believed, in spite of her own incredulity concerning her experience; neither wanting to seem self aggrandizing, nor wanting to be pitied when she describes digging mass graves; recognizing her mother in a film of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen; a recent visit to Auschwitz; and continuing nightmares which became worse when Ronald Reagan visited Bitburg. She discusses her belief that the century will be remembered for technological advances and the Holocaust, and the memorial aspect of the testimonies.

Z., Jolly, 1926-2004.
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
January 12, 1988.
Germany (West)
Bitburg (Germany)
5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jolly Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-972). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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