Aron Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2362) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- July 12, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Aron Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2362). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Aron Z., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927, the youngest of seven children. He recalls his family's Hasidism; their butcher shops; antisemitic violence; visiting relatives in Radoszyce; summers in Koło; German invasion; his father's arrest; assistance from their German landlord to free him; being sent to relatives in Kielce and Mniów; walking home because he missed his mother; ghettoization; forced labor; occasionally driving Ḥayim Rumkowski; deportations including siblings, nephews, and nieces; deportation with his brother and parents to Auschwitz/Birkenau in summer 1944; separation from his parents (he never saw them again); trying to help his nephew (he died); his brother protecting him; their transfer to Czecowice; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald; his brother carrying him; transfer to Rehmsdorf; his brother's deterioration; his death during evacuation to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; joining the first children's transport to England; good care in Windermere, then in a religious hostel; hospitalization for tuberculosis; marriage; raising two children; and building his business. Mr. Z. discusses prewar life; pervasive fear during the war; believing Rumkowski did the best he could under the circumstances; songs and singing in the ghetto; cannibalism by Soviet prisoners; not sharing his experiences with his children until recently; continuing close bonds with friends from camp and Windermere; and pain recalling these events.