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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.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Zvi T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3475). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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