Mala Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3080) interviewed by Jean Gerber
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1987
- Interview Date
- February 4 and February 18, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mala Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3080). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mala Z., who was born in Kalisz, Poland in 1920. She recalls a comfortable childhood; attending Catholic school; her father's death in 1936; active participation in Hashomer Hatzair and Maccabi; antisemitic incidents; preparing for emigration to Israel to a kibbutz; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw; meeting Mordecai Anielewicz; returning to Kalisz; her mother's refusal to flee; helping to move a kibbutz from Wohyń; traveling to Warsaw, posing as a Volksdeutsche; escaping to L'viv in the Soviet zone; Zionist activities; deportation to Siberia in 1940; forced labor; imprisonment in Arkhangelʹsk, then transfer as a Polish citizen to Kazakhstan; working in a kolkhoz, then in the Shymkent hospital; reunion with her sister in Novorossiīsk in 1944; marriage in Gorlice in 1945; organizing illegal immigration under Haganah auspices; traveling to Czechoslovakia, then Austria; living in displaced persons camps in the Rothschild Hospital and Bad Reichenhall; assistance from UNRRA; and emigration to Canada. Mrs. Z. discusses the shock of realizing her losses when attending synagogue in Vancouver, and her strong sense of Jewish identity and commitment to Israel.