Zelda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3228) interviewed by Michèle Ganem and Berthe Burko-Falcman
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 12, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Zelda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3228). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Zelda S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1930, the youngest of four children. She recounts her family's move to Luxembourg shortly after her birth; their return to Łódź in 1938 (one sister remained); German invasion; ghettoization; her brother's deportation in 1942 (she never saw him again); joining a group of children tutored by teenagers in the cemetery; forced factory labor; public hangings; deportation to Auschwitz with her family in August 1944; separation from her parents (she never saw them again); remaining with her sister; frequent appels; transfer to another camp without her sister; slave labor in a factory; sabotaging the work, thinking she would be killed and see her mother; receiving extra food from a civilian supervisor; reunion with her sister; finding food for her; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; liberation; contracting typhus; her sister's death; transfer to Stockholm; recuperating for two and a half years in hospitals and sanatoria; emigrating to join her other sister in France; and several years of recuperation in sanatoria. Mrs. S. discusses the importance to her survival of taking risks; reluctance to share her story with her children; pervasive painful memories; nightmares and fragile health resulting from the Holocaust; and the impossibility of truly conveying her experiences.