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Dan Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3547)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3547

Videotape testimony of Dan Z., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1919, one of three brothers. He recounts his family's move to Poprad in 1920; attending public school, then a German high school in Kežmarok; the family move to Žilina; matriculation from a Slovak high school in 1936; returning to Poprad; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; working at a Zionist summer camp, then living on a Zionist training farm; military conscription in 1941; his commander, a former classmate, arranging his transfer to Bratislava; living in Zionist movement communities; returning to Poprad in 1942; marriage in Trenčín; living in Bratislava; illegal emigration to Budapest; contacts with the underground; obtaining false papers; his parents and brothers joining him and his wife; he and others forging papers for friends and members of his Zionist group; frequently moving, fearing discovery; arrest of his older brother and parents; his wife's emigration to Palestine; his younger brother's arrest; German invasion; traveling with his colleague Moshe A., and others to Oradea; entering Romania illegally; arrest, interrogation, and release; traveling to Arad, Bucharest, then Constanta; assistance from the local Jewish communities en route; emigration to Palestine via Istanbul, in 1944; reunion with his wife; his father's death in 1947; his mother and brother emigrating to Israel (his older brother did not survive); and becoming blind in a factory accident in 1949.

Z., Dan, 1919-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 21 and June 4, 1993.
Budapest (Hungary)
Poprad (Slovakia)
Kežmarok (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Trenčín (Slovakia)
Oradea (Romania)
Constanța (Romania)
Arad (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Istanbul (Turkey)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dan Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3547). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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