Ze'ev D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4006)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
- Interview Date
- May 28 and June 29, 1998.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ze'ev D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4006). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ze'ev D., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924, the older of two brothers. He recounts living in a children's home organized by Janusz Korczak for two years when his father was ill; attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending a Polish scout camp in summer 1939; German invasion; returning home; ghettoization; working in a Korczak children's home; creating a puppet theater with friends; taking food to his parents; hiding during a round-up (his family and everyone in the children's home were deported); a factory job outside the ghetto; observing the ghetto burning during the uprising; transfer back to the ghetto; deportation to Majdanek; useless slave labor moving rocks; beatings; his belief he would not survive; transfer six months later to Skarżysko; slave labor in a tool factory; a Polish overseer giving him extra food and allowing him to rest when he was too weak to work; transfer to Częstochowa; abandonment by the Germans; walking to Warsaw; losing his will to live; a friend helping him; assistance from the Red Cross and a Jewish organization; working in a Jewish children's home; attending night school; antisemitic harassment by non-Jewish students; traveling with a Deror group to Czechoslovakia; emigration to Palestine by ship; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for a year; fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israel war; marriage; and the births of his children. Mr. D. notes it is impossible for films to convey the brutality and horrendous conditions of the ghettos and camps.