Isaac Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1710) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Devorah Mann
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- August 1, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Isaac Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1710). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Isaac Z., who was born in Rīga, Latvia in 1920, the oldest of four children. He recalls living in Līvāni; antisemitic harassment; participation in Gordonyah; leading Gordonyah in Daugavpils and Rīga; Soviet occupation in 1940; returning to Līvāni; German invasion in June 1941; escaping to the Soviet Union; deportation to Cheli︠a︡binsk; forced labor; transferring to Alma-Ata; teaching in western Kazakhstan; enlisting in the Soviet military; serving in Stalingrad; transfer to forced labor in coal mines in Novosibirskai︠a︡ because he was born in a capitalist country; focusing solely on obtaining extra food; attending a synagogue in Novosibirsk while being transferred to Kyrgyzstan; becoming "alive" again after having enough food; working in Kuĭbyshev; pretending to be Polish to leave the Soviet Union; enlisting in the Polish army; a seder in Chełm in 1944; deserting; obtaining false papers with help from Zionists; organizing illegal immigration to Palestine in displaced persons camps; marriage in Germany; learning his entire family was killed; divorce; studying psychotherapy; living in Munich; remarriage in 1955; and emigration to the United States in 1957. Mr. Z. discusses his career as a therapist; repressing family losses until recently; and contact with relatives in Israel and South America. He shows photographs.