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Charles L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1209) interviewed by Richard Adelman and Vivian Rubinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1209

Videotape testimony of Charles L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1925. He recalls the outbreak of war; ghettoization; deaths from starvation; deportations; Ḥayim Rumkowski pleading for people to give up their children; his father's death from starvation in 1942; his mother's deportation four weeks later; liquidation of the ghetto in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; pulling his brother from the "wrong" line during selection; disbelief when he learned of the gas chambers and crematoria; transfer, with his brother, to Dachau two weeks later; work in a munitions factory; the singular focus on obtaining food; an assignment collecting bodies and removing gold dental work prior to mass burials; the death march from Dachau in April 1945; liberation by United States troops near Bad Tölz; transfer with his brother to the Feldafing displaced persons camp; hospitalization for six months; returning to Feldafing, then to the nearby city; and emigrating to the United States. He notes his postwar bitterness; reluctance to speak of his experience for many years; and his sense that he was really born in 1945.

Author/Creator
L., Charles, 1925-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
Interview Date
January 21, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1209). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.