Oral History

All Oral Histories

Mark S. Zaid

A prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, Zaid specializes in national security law, freedom of speech claims and government accountability. After developing a research interest in the Kennedy assassination in 1974, he lectured and authored several articles on the case, corresponded with many first-generation researchers and contributed to the work of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. Over the years, Zaid has represented three Secret Service agents as well as numerous authors, researchers and other key figures in assassination-related litigation. Recorded February 24, 2020.

James Zanker

Zanker was seven years old in 1963 and had vivid memories of the news of the assassination. Recorded May 19, 1999.

Alexandra Zapruder

The granddaughter of Kennedy assassination eyewitness Abraham Zapruder, Alexandra Zapruder is the author of 26 Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film (2016). She also contributed an essay to the 2013 publication, LIFE: The Day Kennedy Died. Recorded October 26, 2013, and November 21 and 22, 2016.

Jill Zarnowitz

A sixth grader in San Diego, California, in 1963, Zarnowitz and her parents were active in the civil rights movement. The letter she wrote to Jackie Kennedy as part of a class project was included in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded October 5, 2010.

Roland Zavada

A longtime engineer and executive with the Eastman Kodak Company, Zavada authenticated the Abraham Zapruder film and other photographic evidence for the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. Since then he has continued to study the film and speak on the subject. Recorded November 15, 2010.

Dorothy Zellner

A dedicated civil rights activist throughout the 1960s, Zellner was attacked with a high-pressure fire hose during a protest in Danville, Virginia, in June 1963. She was running the northeast regional office of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the time of the assassination. Recorded September 16, 2021.

Dr. Dennis Zembala

A University of Michigan student in 1960, Zembala saw Senator John F. Kennedy give a significant October 14th speech which laid the groundwork for the Peace Corps. Zembala later served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1966 to 1969. Recorded February 27, 2013.

Rosian Zerner

A native of Lithuania, Zerner grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She and her husband were in Dublin, Ireland, at the time of the assassination. Recorded October 25, 2016.

Rabbi Sidney Zimelman

While serving in the U.S. Air Force in Japan, Zimelman was selected to give a radio eulogy for President Kennedy on the Far East Armed Forces Network. His memorial service was broadcast live from Tokyo on November 23, 1963. Recorded March 11, 2013.

Zinntae Jay Zo

Born in Korea shortly before World War II, Zo was an instructor in the South Korean Air Force (ROKAF) in 1963. He moved to Dallas a decade later. Recorded January 7, 2016.

Tony Zoppi

The nightclub editor for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Zoppi knew Jack Ruby for more than 12 years. He maintained contact with Ruby after the assassination and became good friends with Ruby’s flamboyant defense attorney, Melvin Belli. Recorded June 1, 1992.

Mr. Zoppi passed away on August 24, 2012.

Barry Zorthian

A longtime employee of the United States Information Agency, Zorthian worked at Voice of America radio from 1947 to 1960. At the time of the Kennedy assassination, he was stationed in India as a senior officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. Recorded October 24, 2008.

Mr. Zorthian passed away on December 30, 2010.