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Victor Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3233) interviewed by Régine Waintrater and Michèle Ganem,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3233

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Victor Z., who was born in Paris, France in 1926. He recounts his parents' eastern European origins; his father's communist activities; participation in a communist youth group; antisemitic harassment in school; his sister's birth in 1938; leaving school at thirteen to work; his father's military draft in 1939; German invasion; evacuation to Saint-Saturnin in June 1940; joining relatives in Les Sièges; returning home; his father's return; joining a communist resistance group; organizing demonstrations; his father's arrest and internment in Drancy on August 20, 1941; receiving letters from him; distributing pamphlets for the Resistance; joining FTP-MOI in 1942; learning his father had been deported (he never saw him again); arrest for attacking a Jewish collaborator; release; hiding with friends; obtaining false papers; assistance from non-Jews; obtaining false papers for his mother; ceasing Resistance activities; liberation in August 1944; joining the French army; demobilization in 1945; marriage; and eventually renouncing communism. Mr. Z. notes his sister was hidden by non-Jews; many Resistance colleagues, including Henri Krasucki and Marcel Rayman; and identifying himself as French, not Jewish, until about ten years ago. He shows documents and photographs.
    Author/Creator
    Z., Victor, 1926-
    Published
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
    Interview Date
    February 11, 1995.
    Locale
    France
    Paris (France)
    Saint-Saturnin (France)
    Les Sièges (France)
    Cite As
    Victor Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3233). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Waintrater, Régine, interviewer.
    Ganem, Michèle, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 36 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Resistance.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291069
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
    This page:
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