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Wolf Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1096) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Sandra Rosenstock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1096

Videotape testimony of Wolf Z., who was born in Olkusz, Poland, in 1923 and raised in nearby Sosnowiec. Mr. Z. recalls the town's primitive conditions; Jewish prewar social and cultural life; rapid deterioration following the German invasion; ghettoization; and the suspicions about the deportations and construction of Auschwitz. He tells of hiding; capture in a 1942 round-up; transport to Sakrau, then to Karviná, Czechoslovakia; work as a carpenter's helper; transfer to Klettendorf in 1943; work as a farm hand; and surviving on vegetables normally fed to pigs. He describes transport to Fünfteichen, then to Dyhernfurth in 1944; evacuation on a death march on December 26 to Nordhausen; digging tunnels for underground factories; marching to Bergen-Belsen; conditions there leading to madness and cannibalism; and liberation by British troops. He reflects on his lengthy recuperation; finding a job and marrying in Stockholm; visiting his sole surviving sister in Poland in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1956; the importance to him of his children; and his belief that survival in the camps was based on luck, rather than cleverness.

Author/Creator
Z., Wolf, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
June 6, 1988.
Locale
Poland
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Olkusz (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Karviná (Czech Republic)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Wolf Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1096). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.