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Itka Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1984) interviewed by Jay Cooperson and Dorothy Finger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1984

Videotape testimony of Itka Z., who was born in Ciechanów, Poland in 1926. She recalls antisemitic harassment; German invasion on September 1, 1939; anti-Jewish measures; Germans beating her mother; transfer with her family to the Nowe Miasto ghetto in 1941; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her family (she never saw them again); meaningless slave labor; shock at learning her family had been gassed; assistance from a friend from home; vowing to remain together; public hangings; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Malchow in February; slave labor; liberation; transfer by the Swedish Red Cross, via Denmark, to Lund, Sweden in April; hospitalization in Doverstorp; living with her friend in Borås; and their double marriage to survivors in July 1946. Ms. Z. notes knowing Roza Robota, who aided the Sonderkommado uprising, from Ciechanów. She reads poetry she has written about the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
Z., Itka, 1926-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
Interview Date
May 6, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itka Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1984). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.