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Lea Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3801)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3801

Videotape testimony of Lea Z., who was born in Karlovac, Yugoslavia (presently Croatia) in 1932. She recounts her family's affluence; visiting Zagreb; cordial relations with non-Jews; her father's arrest as a hostage by the Ustaša; bringing him food; his transfer to Zagreb (he was executed in retaliation for a partisan attack, but her mother did not tell her); her landlord's mother-in-law taking her to Kranj; her mother's arrival three weeks later, then her grandmother's; hearing that Germans were coming; fleeing to Trieste; receiving permission to live in Concordia; attending an Italian school; her mother working for the local police commander; German invasion in 1943; the commander warning them to flee; being hidden in a convent, then with a family; obtaining false papers at a monastery in Nonantola; living with a priest's sister in Fiorano; her grandmother's death; liberation by partisans; learning her father had been killed; moving to Modena; working with Jewish refugees; emigration to Israel; and Israeli children's disinterest in her story. Ms. Z. mentions sharing her experiences with her husband, but not her children; and a 1975 visit to Karolvac and to her grandmother's grave in the village in which she hid, where they were lovingly welcomed. She shows documents and photographs.

Z., Lea, 1932-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 26, 1995.
Karlovac (Karlovac, Croatia)
Zagreb (Croatia)
Kranj (Slovenia)
Trieste (Italy)
Concordia Sagittaria (Italy)
Nonantola (Italy)
Fiorano Modenese (Italy)
Modena (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lea Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3801). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.