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Jolly Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-220) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-220

Videotape testimony of Jolly Z., who was born in Uz︠h︡horod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1926. She tells of leaving her hiding place in order to be with her parents; their transfer to the ghetto shortly thereafter; and their deportation, a few weeks later, to Auschwitz. She recalls their total ignorance upon arrival; aspects of daily life in Auschwitz; her and her mother's transfer to Hamburg for slave labor; and the mistreatment she suffered; the birth of a child;and a German killing the baby. She relates her transfer to Bergen-Belsen, where she was put to work digging mass graves; her sustaining relationship with her mother; the liberation; and her postwar intervention on behalf of a German woman and child who were attacked by former prisoners. Throughout her unusually eloquent testimony, Mrs. Z. stresses her belief in the possibility of moral choice regardless of one's circumstances; the potential for both good and evil within each individual; and her hope for the future.

Author/Creator
Z., Jolly, 1926-2004.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
January 18, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jolly Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-220). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/617051
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