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Mayer Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3031) interviewed by Betty Chrustowski and Rita Benchimol,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3031

Videotape testimony of Mayer Z., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1912, one of five children in an impoverished family. He recalls working as a tailor from age eleven; living in Łódź; starting a business with his brother-in-law in Piotrków; increasing antisemitism; German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations; escaping to the Soviet zone in December; encountering his wife in Brest; moving to Hantsavichy; arrest with his brother-in-law; imprisonment in Luninet︠s︡ and Pinsk; deportation to a Soviet concentration camp; forced labor for a year; transfer to Solikamsk after German invasion; release after a few weeks; traveling to Tashkent; the births of two children; enlisting in the Soviet military; returning to his family due to illness; traveling to Łódź after the war; living in Szczecin; learning no family survived; smuggling themselves to Berlin; living in Landsberg and Schlachtensee displaced persons camps; emigration to the United States in 1951; difficulties establishing himself; and gratitude for his present life (he has four children and seven grandchildren).

Z., Mayer, 1912-
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1992
Interview Date
December 3, 1992.
Soviet Union
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Brest (Belarus)
Hantsavichy (Belarus)
Luninets (Belarus)
Pinsk (Belarus)
Solikamsk (Russia)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Szczecin (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mayer Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3031). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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