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Zvi A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3518)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3518

Videotape testimony of Zvi A., who was born in Beodra, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Novo Miloševo, Serbia), in 1913, one of four children. He recounts his family's poverty and Hasidism; attending school in Kikinda, and Veliki Beckerek (Zrenjanin); antisemitic harassment; moving to Belgrade; studying under Rabbi Mortiz Levi and others at a Jewish seminary in Sarajevo; moving to Vienna; the Anschluss; relocating to Budapest; ordination after completing his studies in 1940; his rabbinical position in Veliki Beckerek; military draft; serving in Skopje and Štip; German invasion in April 1941; capture as a POW; separation of Jewish soldiers; a death march and train transport to Langwasser; transfer to Osnabrück; leading clandestine services and lessons; obtaining permission to establish a Jewish burial society; non-Jewish fellow POWs and a Red Cross visit leading to the cessation of wearing the yellow star; transfer to a camp near Strasbourg; another death march; assistance from friends; arriving in Hodenhagen; escaping; receiving food from German soldiers; liberation by British troops; returning to Hodenhagen; stopping prisoners from revenge killings of Germans; traveling to Nienburg; visiting Bergen-Belsen; and assisting in burying thousands of corpses and transferring the living to the displaced persons camp. Rabbi A. discusses relations between prisoner groups in the camps; and learning after he came to Israel that his immediate family had been killed.

A., Zvi, 1913-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
February 3, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zvi A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3518). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.