Zipora V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3318) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- January 16, January 30, and February 6, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Zipora V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3318). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Zipora V., who was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary in 1928, the youngest of seven children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; anti-Jewish restrictions; draft of two brothers into Hungarian slave labor battalions; learning one was killed; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; round-up with her family; the escape of two sisters; deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau; separation from her parents; slave labor with her sister sorting deportees' belongings; burying jewelry she found as an act of sabotage; being beaten for throwing food over a fence to a cousin; transfer to a weaving factory; praying on Rosh ha-Shanah and fasting on Yom Kippur; her sister's deteriorating condition; assistance from her "Lagerschwester"; her sister's hospitalization (she never saw her again); hearing an explosion (a prisoner revolt); public hanging of a women involved; a French prisoner giving her bread at the start of a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück; transfer three weeks later to Neustadt-Glewe; slave labor digging trenches; receiving a Red Cross package; abandonment by German guards; arrival of United States, then Soviet troops; traveling with sixteen others to Prenzlau, Szczecin, Prague, then Bratislava; reunion with her brother; traveling to Budapest, then Sátoraljaújhely; participating in Bene ʻAḳiva; depression after learning all her sisters had been killed; traveling illegally to Germany; living in Windsheim displaced persons camp; illegal emigration to Palestine; serving in the Israel-Arab War; marriage; and her daughter's birth. Ms. V. discusses her loss of faith, then regaining it; attributing her survival to help from friends; insensitive treatment of survivors in Israel; persistent, painful memories; and recurring nightmares.