Zoltan J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-282) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1983
- Interview Date
- September 26, 1983.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Zoltan J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-282). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Zoltan J., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1922. He describes his large extended family and long history in the area; their affluence; cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; expulsion from school; reinstatement due to his father's connections; his and his father's exclusion from slave labor battalions due to their business; ghettoization; transfer to a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with his father, uncle, and brother (his other relatives did not survive); their transfer to Warsaw four weeks later; clearing ghetto rubble; trading valuables they found for food; his father entering the hospital; killing of all the patients; a death march and train transport to Dachau; clearing Allied bombing rubble in Munich; transfer to Kaufering; his brother singing for the SS for extra food; his disappearance; saving a "living corpse" when assigned to bury bodies (they see each other to the present time); liberation in April 1945; hospitalization; wanting to kill all Germans, but deciding not to; establishing a business in Prague with assistance from his father's attorney; emigration to the United States when the government was changing; marriage in Paris; and assisting the Haganah acquire weapons in 1947. Mr. J. discusses sharing his story with his children, particularly on Passover, and daily memories of his murdered family.