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Dina Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2959) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2959

Videotape testimony of Dina Z., who was born in Warsaw, Poland circa 1932. She recalls attending public school; antisemitic harassment; hiding with Polish neighbors during German bombardment; German occupation; ghettoization; smuggling food into the ghetto, posing as a non-Jew; escaping, with her sister, to Szczekociny in 1941 with assistance from a Polish friend (she never saw her parents again); joining relatives in Wodzisław; walking to Sosnowiec; hiding with her sister during a round-up; ghettoization in Srodula; her sister's deportation to a labor camp; escaping during a round-up; living with a German woman in Świętochłowice, posing as non-Jew; visiting her rescuer's daughter in Cologne; liberation; reunion with her sister; living in an orphanage; illegal emigration to Germany; preparing for illegal emigration to Palestine in Greifenberg (Gryfice); emigrating to Palestine; marriage in 1950; her son's birth; emigrating to the United States in 1956 to join her sister; and the birth of two other children. She discusses constant fear of discovery while hiding; recognition of her rescuer by Yad Vashem; sharing her experiences with her children after attending the Hidden Children Conference; seeking family information during a recent trip to Poland; and her lost childhood. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
Z., Dina, ca. 1932-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 27, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dina Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2959). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.