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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.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
Wodzisław (Poland)
Szczekociny (Poland)
Świętochłowice (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Israel
Cologne (Germany)
Palestine
Gryfice (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
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.