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Zisha S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2419) interviewed by Alberta Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2419

Videotape testimony of Zisha S., who was born in Poland in 1928. He recounts attending local public school with his twin brother; antisemitic harassment; transfer to the school in Gorlice; attending cheder; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions, including closing the school; his bar mitzvah; forced relocation with his family to Biecz; hiding with his parents and sister during a round-up in 1942 (his twin brother was taken); mass shooting of Jews; their escape to the forest; encountering his grandfather and aunt; discovery by Germans; deportation with his father to Prokocim (he never saw his sister and mother again); a privileged position in the kitchen; sharing extra food with his father; transfer three months later to another camp, then three months after that to Częstochowa; train deportation thirteen months later to another camp; separation from his father when he was sent to Buchenwald; train transport three months later; liberation by United States troops after three weeks; recuperating in a Czech hospital for three months; emigration to England via Prague; living in a convalescent home for two years; learning his father was alive; arranging for his emigration to England; marriage in 1960; and the births of three children.

Author/Creator
S., Zisha, 1928-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 6, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zisha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2419). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.