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Jack Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1044) interviewed by Henry Kaplowitz and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1044

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    Videotape testimony of Jack Z., who was born in Volodymyr-Volynsʹkyĭ, Russia (Poland after World War I) in 1913. He recalls one sister's emigration; attending university in Warsaw; anti-Jewish violence; working in his uncle's factory; digging anti-tank ditches during German invasion; fleeing to his hometown; Soviet occupation; marriage; his daughter's birth; German invasion; formation of a Judenrat; mass killings of Jews; escaping from the ghetto in 1942; a non-Jew hiding and feeding him; returning to the ghetto; learning his wife, daughter, father, and sister had been killed; immediately leaving again; assistance from Ukrainians and Poles; returning to the ghetto in April 1943; escaping during the final liquidation in December; hiding in a barn; liberation by Soviets in July 1944; returning home; marriage to a woman who had been hidden; learning of Auschwitz; traveling to Łódź, Stettin, then Berlin; briefly living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; his daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. Z. discusses attributing his survival to "dumb luck"; numbness at liberation; and not sharing his story with his children.
    Z., Jack, 1913-
    Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
    Interview Date
    July 7, 1987.
    Volodymyr-Volynsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Szczecin (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Jack Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1044). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kaplowitz, Henry, interviewer.
    Weinstein, Bernard, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 31 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Wife Death.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mass killings.
    Soviet occupation.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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