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Zev H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-622) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-622

Videotape testimony of Zev H., who was born in Łódź, Poland, in 1924. In this vivid and detailed testimony, Mr. H. recalls his family's refusal to flee east with retreating Polish troops in 1939; moving to Kielce to escape restrictions in Łódź; sexual molestation by volksdeutsche; forced labor in a quarry; brutal conditions; his mother, sister, and grandmother disappearing in the summer 1942 liquidation; digging mass graves; and an SS man killing an infant, which continues to haunt him. He describes incarceration in a factory; resistance in the ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; physical and psychological trauma in Birkenau; transport to Jaworzno to mine coal; the camp commandant's rebuke of a guard who beat his brother; his father's rescue by a Pole after the camp's evacuation; transfer to Blechhammer, where he was briefly liberated; a forced march to Gross Rosen; and liberation by Soviet forces at Leitmeritz. He relates postwar depression and near suicide; working for Beriḥah in Hungary and Austria; marriage in Salzburg; incarceration on Cyprus; arrival in Israel in 1947; his and his wife's emotional problems; and deciding to tell his children about his Holocaust experience.

Author/Creator
H., Zev, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 3, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zev H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-622). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocuast Testimonies, Yale University Library.