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Matilda Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3506) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3506

Videotape testimony of Matilda Z., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1926, the third of six children. She describes her father's death in 1937; their subsequent impoverishment; support from relatives and the Ashkenazi community; their home being bombed in April 1941; living with relatives; anti-Jewish restrictions; going without her armband with Serbian friends; a German patrol identifying her as a Jew; forced labor washing toilets for a day; another older brother being shot in a mass killing; another older brother being caught and killed in 1942; orders for her family to report to the police; refusing to go; escaping with help from an aunt who was married to a non-Jewish Serb; living with her using false papers; transfer in winter 1942-1943 to her aunt's husband's relatives in Bogosavac; (they did not know she was Jewish); caring for their home and children; killings during Chetnik raids; liberation; traveling to Šabac, then Belgrade; learning her mother and siblings had been killed at Sajmište; denial of her losses (she continued to look for them); military enlistment; joining SKOJ; serving as a nurse; and marriage in 1951. Mrs. Z. notes her continuing support of the family that rescued her. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
Z., Matilda, 1926-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 27, 1995.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Matilda Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3506). 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/4291815
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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