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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.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Dan Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3547). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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