Matilda Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3506) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- September 27, 1995.
- 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.
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.