Jolly Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-220) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
- Interview Date
- January 18, 1983.
- 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.
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.