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Zdenka K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1599) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Helen W. Silverman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1599

Videotape testimony of Zdenka K., who was born in Rochov, Czechoslovakia in 1922. She recalls forced relocation with her parents and sister to Kladno in 1942; their deportation to Theresienstadt; forced labor; receiving extra food from their Christian aunt; their train transport to Raasiku, Estonia; separation from their parents (they never saw them again); slave labor in Jägala and Kohtla-Järve; incarceration in Tallinn and Reval; cleaning up bombing rubble; evacuation to a site in the woods, then another camp; becoming numb due to arduous conditions, starvation, and beatings; ship transfer to Stutthof; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Hamburg, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; traveling to Prague; reunion with an aunt and uncle; marriage; emigration to Israel in 1949, then to the United States with her family in 1963; and her husband's death two years later. Ms. K. discusses the situations where she was separated from her sister, and the importance to her survival of remaining with her sibling and friends. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Zdenka, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 14, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zdenka K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1599). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.