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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.
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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