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Ze'ev D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4006)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4006

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.

Author/Creator
D., Ze'ev, 1924-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
May 28 and June 29, 1998.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.