Jakub Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3924) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Antalová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 22, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jakub Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3924). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jakub Z., who was born in Nowy Sącz, Poland in 1928 and raised in Košice. He recounts Hungarian occupation in 1938; German invasion in spring 1944; assistance from a non-Jewish neighbor; ghettoization; deportation with his parents to Birkenau; separation from his mother upon arrival (he never saw her again); learning of selections and gas chambers, which he describes as a new reality; volunteering with his father for agricultural work; his father's hospitalization from a severe beating; his own hospitalization; his father visiting and bringing him extra food; being left when the camp was evacuated; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Kraków, then to Košice via Nowy Sącz and Prešov; attending school; and learning his father had been killed. Mr. Z. discusses stress in camp resulting from fear and starvation; having his tattooed number removed after the war; and this recording marking the first time he has told his entire story.