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Mala Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3080) interviewed by Jean Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3080

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.

Author/Creator
Z., Mala, 1920-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1987
Interview Date
February 4 and February 18, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290484
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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