Sigi Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1317) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- April 5, 1990.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sigi Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1317). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sigi Z., who was born in Kassel, Germany, in 1928. Mr. Z. tells of his Polish family's isolation from German life; resentment of local German Jews toward Poles; expulsion from Germany in 1939; Poland's refusal of entry; his father's departure for London (they could not obtain visas for the family); and transport with his mother, brother and 1,000 others to Rīga in December 1941. He recalls conditions in the Rīga ghetto; massacres of Latvian Jews; forced labor in a fish processing plant; smuggling food; witnessing executions; transfer to Kaiserwald in April 1942; rejoining his mother and brother at an army camp at Kaiserwald; transfer in September 1944 to another army camp at Libau; and transfer to Hamburg city prison. He recounts transfer to Kiel-Hasse; execution of about fifty Polish officers; inclusion in an exchange organized by Himmler and Folke Bernadotte; recuperation with his mother and brother in Sweden; reunion with his father; and emigration to America in 1949. Mr. Z. reflects on his postwar career; adjustment difficulties; relations with his children; and the place of the Holocaust in contemporary society.