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Marvin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-973) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-973

Videotape testimony of Marvin L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1925. He remembers his mother's death in 1934; living with his grandparents; his father's emphasis on education; studying with private tutors when Jews could not attend school; moving to Działoszyce when the Łódź ghetto was being formed in 1939; deportation of the women and children to Treblinka and the men to a Kraków forced labor camp in 1942; transfer back to Działoszyce; another deportation; and execution of his brother. Mr. L. relates his work as a mechanic and locksmith in the Kraków ghetto; witnessing atrocities by SS soldiers; deportation to Kielce, then Auschwitz; spending about two weeks near the gas chambers; hearing screams and witnessing cremations; transfer to the I.G. Farben factory; selection and killing of his father; transfer to Gleiwitz; marching to Buchenwald; and the death march from Buchenwald. Mr. L. recounts being befriended and helped by an SS man; liberation by American troops; treatment and recovery; marriage; emigration to the United States; and the birth of two daughters. He speaks of the necessity of conveying the facts about the Holocaust; his disbelief in revenge; and discussing his experiences with his daughters when they became adults.

L., Marvin, 1925-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
December 1, 1987.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Marvin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-973). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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