Israel Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2130) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- February 3, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Israel Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2130). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Israel Z., who was born in Słomniki, Poland in 1922, the youngest of four children and only son. He recalls his family's affluence; their Hasidic orthodoxy; attending public school and cheder; antisemitic harassment; attending high school in Kraków; German invasion; arrest with his father; transfer to Miechów; execution of his father and another man; burying them; returning home; his mother and sisters hiding with non-Jews, obtaining false papers, and living as non-Jews; deportation to Bierzanów; death losing meaning for him; mass killings as reprisals for escape attempts; transfer to Prokocim; helping his father's friend; transfer to Płaszów, then Skarżysko; learning his youngest sister was there; sharing extra food with her and her friend (his future wife); transfer to Częstochowa, Sulejów, back to Częstochowa, Buchenwald, Laura, Dachau, and Allach; train evacuation; liberation by United States troops; living in Pasing; assistance from UNRRA; working for the U.S. military; reunion with his sister; living with her in Munich; reunion with his future wife in Landsberg displaced persons camp; emigration to join relatives in England in 1947; marriage in 1948; and raising two daughters. Mr. Z. notes his mother and other sisters were killed, and seldom discussing his experiences with his family. He shows photographs.