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Zezette L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-100) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-100

Videotape testimony of Zezette L., who was born in Belgium in 1929. She describes the German invasion and her surprise at being sent by her parents to hide in a Catholic convent; her attempts to fit in by imitating the other girls during her stay of a year and a half; and leaving the convent on April 1943 for a visit to her parents, during which the three of them were discovered on Easter Sunday, arrested, and immediately deported to Malines. She tells of the train journey to Auschwitz; separation from her parents; and her mother's selection for gassing. She details her solitary, mute and inhuman life in Auschwitz; the silent exchanges between her and her father when he arranged to deliver food to her block (he did not survive); her liberation and return to Belgium to look for relatives; and her journey to Holland, where her brother, who had also survived the war, was living. Ms. L. also relates her emigration to the United States; the turning point in her life when she reached the age her mother had been when she met her death; her return to Auschwitz, where she conducted a personal memorial service; and her subsequent ability to speak about her experiences.

L., Zezette, 1929-
Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 22, 1980.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zezette L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-100). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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