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Zvi T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3475) interviewed by Anita Tarsi and Rachel Jadaio,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3475

Videotape testimony of Zvi T., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1924, one of six children in a Hasidic family. He recounts attending cheder; antisemitic harassment; attending a Mizrachi school in Sosnowiec and Zionist summer camps in Skawa; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1934; German invasion; moving with his mother and two sisters to his brother's home in Radom (he never saw his father or older sister again); continuing his Zionist activities; his brother fleeing east; living with an uncle; ghettoization; working as a gardener and tutor; slave labor in a leather factory; a public execution; deportation of his mother and one sister (he never saw them again); transfer to Radom labor camp; slave labor in a munitions factory; trading with civilian workers for extra food; a death march with his sister to Tomaszów Mazowiecki; train transport to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his sister; transfer to another camp; a prisoner official saving him from selection; Allied bombings; privileged kitchen work; sharing extra food with fellow prisoners; liberation by French troops; living in a nearby village; prisoners taking revenge on Germans; reunion with his sister; living in a displaced persons camp in Stuttgart; joining a kibbutz in Frankfurt; meeting his future wife; encounters with David Ben-Gurion and Nahum Goldmann in Zeilsheim; traveling illegally to Marseille; boarding a ship for Palestine; interdiction by the British; internment on Cyprus; release in 1947; reunion with his brother; serving in the Israel-Arab war; marriage; testifying at a war crimes trial; and sharing his experiences with his children and grandchildren. Mr. T. credits his father with the optimism that helped him survive.

T., Zvi, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992 and 1993
Interview Date
August 24, 1992 and May 2, 1993.
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Będzin (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Skawa (Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zvi T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3475). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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