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Isaac Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1710) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Devorah Mann,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1710

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    Z., Isaac, 1920-2007.
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
    Interview Date
    August 1, 1990.
    Locale
    Soviet Union
    Latvia
    Rīga (Latvia)
    Līvāni (Latvia)
    Daugavpils (Latvia)
    Cheli︠a︡binsk (Russia)
    Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan)
    Kazakhstan
    Novosibirskai︠a︡ oblastʹ (Russia)
    Novosibirsk (Russia)
    Kyrgyzstan
    Kuĭbyshev (Novosibirskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
    Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Isaac Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1710). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blum-Dobkin, Toby, interviewer.
    Mann, Devorah, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 6 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Soviet occupation.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Subjects
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Soviet. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943. Forced labor. Concentration camps--Soviet Union. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Polish. Refugee camps. Latvia. Rīga (Latvia) Līvāni (Latvia) Daugavpils (Latvia) Cheli︠a︡binsk (Russia) Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan) Kazakhstan. Novosibirskai︠a︡ oblastʹ (Russia) Novosibirsk (Russia) Kyrgyzstan. Kuĭbyshev (Novosibirskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia) Chełm (Lublin, Poland) Munich (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) Z., Isaac,--1920-2007. Gordonyah--Makabi ha-tsaʻir (Association)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295976
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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