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Irwin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2755) interviewed by Susan Millen and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2755

Videotape testimony of Irwin L., who was born in Borislav, Poland in 1925. He recalls his extended family's prewar life; brief German invasion, followed by Soviet occupation; German occupation in 1941; fleeing with his father and brother to Dnipropetrovsʹk, then to Rostov, Stalingrad, Astrakhanʹ, and Ferganskai︠a︡ oblastʹ; working in a small village; hunger and disease; his father's death in 1942; his brother being drafted into the Soviet army in 1944; learning of his mother's and sister's deaths; and returning to Poland in 1946. Mr. L. describes living in a kibbutz in Szczecin, then in Bielawa Dolna; receiving assistance from Beriḥah to flee to Vienna in 1946; living in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp; traveling to Mirano, Milan, and a displaced persons camp in Turin; applying for a visa to the United States in Bari in 1948; attending an ORT school; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. L. discusses early memories of his family; their inability to imagine that women and children would be killed under German occupation; his comparison of Soviet and German occupation; and relations with his children.

L., Irwin, 1925-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 14, 1994.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Irwin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2755). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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