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Jakob Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1837) interviewed by Gidʻon Graif and Raphael Rozner,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1837

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Jakob Z., who was born in Sochaczew, Poland in 1918. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; German invasion; the family move to Warsaw; ghettoization; their move to Płońsk; his father being taken away; deportation with his family to Birkenau in December 1942; separation upon arrival (he never saw them again); slave labor; contact with the camp underground; reassignment to the Sonderkommando; moving corpses from the gas chamber to the crematoria; wanting to commit suicide the first night; a rabbi dissuading him; becoming accustomed to horrendous work; burning corpses in open pits when the crematoria reached capacity; losing his faith in God; adequate food (they took it from the clothing of the dead); the failed uprising; having to incinerate his friends after they were executed; the death march in January 1945; escaping the next day; living in France after the war; and emigration to Israel in 1951. Mr. Z. discusses how nudity removed the will to resist before the Jews were gassed; close relations within the Sonderkommando; atrocities committed by Otto Moll; his forty-year silence after the war (he felt ashamed and guilty); and recently reassessing his role, losing his shame, and discussing his experiences with his family. He illustrates the extermination process using photographs.
    Author/Creator
    Z., Jakob, 1918-
    Published
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1988
    Interview Date
    June 30, 1988.
    Locale
    Poland
    Warsaw
    Sochaczew (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Płońsk (Poland)
    France
    Cite As
    Jakob Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1837). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Graif, Gidʻon, interviewer.
    Rozner, Raphael, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Hebrew
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 28 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296192
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
    This page:
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