Harry Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2504) interviewed by David Krakow, Sonia Simons, Nat Arkin and Rebecca Berman
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 5 and November 19, 1993.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Harry Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2504). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Harry Z., who was born in Bełżyce, Poland in 1926. He recounts the war starting his first day of school; his father doing forced labor; working as a messenger for the Judenrat; the arrival of Jews deported from Germany (one family lived with them); hiding during round-ups; capture by Ukrainian guards; escape; locating his father; hiding in a cellar with his family and several others; entering the Lublin ghetto with his parents, then Bełżyce concentration camp (his sister was hidden by non-Jews); slave labor in a shoe workshop, then demolishing buildings in Głusk; a prisoner-official preventing his execution; burying victims of a mass killing; witnessing a mass killing including his mother and sister; transfer to Budzyń; separation from his father (he never saw him again); slave labor doing road construction; punishment for escapes of fellow prisoners; working as a carpenter in the Heinkel factory; transfer in February 1944 to Mielec, Wieliczka, then Flossenbürg; encountering an uncle who treated him like a son; assistance from Noah Stockman, the head Jewish prisoner; transfer to Hersbruck; slave labor in a mine; transfer back to Flossenbürg; working in a Messerschmitt factory, then felling trees for wood to burn corpses; his friend who worked in the laundry (Jack T.) giving him a heavy coat; working on the railway in Regensburg; return to Flossenbürg; contemplating suicide; evacuation by train; Allied strafing resulting in prisoner deaths; a death march; and liberation by United States troops in Stamsreid. He shows a photograph entrusted to a non-Jewish neighbor by his mother.