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Anna Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3162) interviewed by Michel Sobelman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3162

Videotape testimony of Anna Z., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1926. She describes her assimilated family; frequent, cordial relations with non-Jews; European vacations; summering in Ustronie in 1939; German invasion; moving to Sródborów; her father, brother, and uncle fleeing east; moving to Warsaw in October; return to Częstochowa; German confiscation of their house; living with her uncle; attending Polish school; receiving religious instruction and converting to Catholicism in January 1940; moving to the open ghetto; her father's and brother's return; being sent to her Polish godmother outside of Częstochowa; and moving to a Polish family in Warsaw. Mrs. Z. recalls receiving false papers; caring for a Jewish child in hiding; being placed in a convent in Karczew; writing to her father to remove her (the nuns suspected she was Jewish); being hidden in a Warsaw rectory with other Jews; working in a candy factory; her father's visits; cessation of his visits; visiting her uncle; being caught on the street during the Warsaw uprising of 1944; receiving food from the Polish underground (A.K.); evacuation to Pruszkòw, then Breslau; volunteering for forced labor in Berlin; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Częstochowa; learning her parents and brother had perished; and working in publishing.

Z., Anna, 1926-
Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
July 9, 1994.
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3162). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.