Leon E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1144) interviewed by David Conn and Trudy K. Turkel
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1988
- Interview Date
- December 8, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1144). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon E., who was born in Kielce, Poland in 1920, one of eleven children. He recalls nine years of schooling; learning his father's business; the outbreak of war; returning to Kielce from the city where he worked; ghettoization; liquidation of the ghetto in 1942; transport to Pionki in Radom, where he worked in a munitions factory with two of his brothers; transport to Auschwitz in 1944; and work at Buna-Monowitz in the I.G. Farben factory for a few days. Mr. E. describes transfer, with his older brother, to Jawischowitz; work in the coal mines; the inhumane conditions; receiving food from a Polish civilian worker; transfer to Ohrdruf, then Crawinkel; work in the quarry; seeing his brother for the last time; transfer to Buchenwald; and liberation by United States troops. He recalls prisoners dying due to rich food received from the Americans; his recuperation in a hospital; work in the American zone; learning that returning Jews had been killed in Kielce; marriage and the birth of his daughter; emigration to the United States with the aid of HIAS; and his subsequent life.