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Zachary A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2575) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2575

Videotape testimony of Zachary A., who was born in Volkovysk, Poland (now Belarus) in 1918. He recalls growing up in Warsaw; his family's affluence; their non-orthodox holiday observances; attending university in Danzig in 1938; antisemitic harassment; outbreak of war; fleeing to Lemberg (L'viv) in the Soviet zone; visiting his parents and sister in Slonim; attending school; ghettoization with his family in Slonim in 1942; mass shooting when the ghetto was liquidated in June; his father's German acquaintance saving him and his father (his mother and sister were murdered); hiding with a woman who offered to convert them and marry him; declining, not wanting to endanger her family; fleeing to Białystok; obtaining false papers; forced labor; incarceration nearby; observing executions of Soviet POWs; working for a German businessman who arranged his escape and his father's hospitalization as the Soviets approached; hiding with a Polish friend; arrest by a Soviet officer; liberation by a Jewish officer; reunion with his father; moving to Lemberg; studying in Łódź; marriage; and emigration to Norway, and then to the United States in 1950. Mr. A. discusses his surprise that he survived which he attributes to luck, youth, fluency in German, and his technical background.

Author/Creator
A., Zachary, 1918-2001.
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
April 21, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zachary A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2575). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288228
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