Uri Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-308) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Stiefel
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1984.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Uri Z. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-308). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Uri Z., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1907. Mr. Z. describes his education as an accountant; his mother's death when he was sixteen; estrangement from his father; leaving home; studying voice and drama; a successful singing career; performances in many European countries; and his 1938 marriage in Łódź. He recalls the German invasion; enlistment in the Polish army; capture by Germans; transport with some 3000 POWs to cities in Poland and Germany, terminating in Kraków; escape; return to Łódź; fleeing with his wife to the Soviet zone; travel to Białystok; performing in the Soviet Union; the German invasion; being drafted into the Soviet army; escape to Kiev; transfer to Tashkent; enlistment in Anders's Polish army; rampant antisemitism; and transfer to Palestine for training. Mr. Z. remembers deserting (over 3000 Jewish enlistees did so); hiding until the Polish army departed; learning in 1948 from his wife's brother of her death in Poland; success as a stage and radio singer in Israel; emigration to the United States in 1952; and his marriage.