Leon M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-962) interviewed by Susanna Neuman and Jane Eger
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 22, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-962). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon M., who was born in Ciechanowiec, Poland in 1924. He recalls moving to Brańsk when he was nine; anti-Semitic incidents in public school; moving to Białystok in 1937; apprenticing as a tailor; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a German officer who told him to "get out" of a round-up area; murders of Jewish hostages; ghettoization; transport with his family to Pruz︠h︡any in October 1941 and Białowieża in April 1942; forced labor; frequent killings; and transport to Auschwitz in January 1943. Mr. M. recounts his parents' last words to him; sorting the possessions and hair of those murdered in the gas chambers; trading valuables he found for food; death marches and transport to Gross Rosen, Dachau, Mühldorf and another camp; receiving food from a German farmer; and liberation. He describes living in Landsberg and Rosenheim displaced persons camps; farm training on a kibbutz in Bavaria; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He notes he is the only survivor of a family of seventy-two; the difficulty of raising children with no extended family; and his distress describing what he witnessed.