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Mordechai Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3247)

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    Videotape testimony of Mordechai Z., who was born in Švenčionys, Poland (presently Lithuania) in 1921, the second of five children. He recounts participating in Halutz; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a round-up that included his older brother (they never saw him again); fleeing with his family to Milkuskos, then Svir; returning home; ghettoization; forced labor for Organisation Todt in Palemonas; escaping; entering the Vilna ghetto with assistance from non-Jews; living in an orphanage; arrival of his father, mother, and sisters; hiding with FPO partisans during the ghetto's liquidation (his family was taken), then in a friend's bunker; capture; slave labor in chains felling trees, disinterring corpses from mass graves and burning them in trenches in Ponary; working with Soviet/Jewish POWs; with a group, digging a tunnel at night for four months; escaping with several others; assistance from villagers; joining partisans in the Rudniki forest; participating in missions; capturing Armia Krajowa partisans; killing them in self-defense; participating in the liberation of Vilna; working for the NKVD as a policeman; visiting his hometown; traveling to Lublin, Alba Lulia, Bucharest, Budapest, Graz, then Italy; living on a kibbutz near Bari; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1945; serving in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. Z. discusses seeing things in the mass graves he does “not want to remember”; and not sharing his experiences, except with one daughter when she was older.
    Z., Mordechai, 1921-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
    Interview Date
    June 25, 1993.
    Švenčionys (Lithuania)
    Milkuškos (Lithuania)
    Svir (Belarus)
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Alba Iulia (Romania)
    Bucharest (Romania)
    Graz (Austria)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Mordechai Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3247). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 39 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Lithuania--Švenčionys. Jews--Lithuania--Vilnius. Escapes. Orphanages. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Lithuania. Paneriai Massacres, Paneriai, Lithuania, 1941-1944. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Prisoners of war. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949. Poland. Švenčionys (Lithuania) Milkuškos (Lithuania) Svir (Belarus) Vilnius (Lithuania) Lublin (Poland) Alba Iulia (Romania) Bucharest (Romania) Graz (Austria) Budapest (Hungary) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Oral histories (document genres) Z., Mordechai,--1921- Histadrut "he-Ḥaluts" be-Liṭa. Organisation Todt (Germany) Fareyniḳṭe parṭizaner organizatsye (Vilnius, Lithuania) Poland.--Polskie Siły Zbrojne.--Armia Krajowa. Soviet Union.--Narodnyĭ komissariat vnutrennikh del. Palemonas (Concentration camp)

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