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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.
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.