Herbert L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2830) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 7, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Herbert L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2830). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Herbert L., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1917. He relates growing up in Vienna; working in Zlín after graduating from the School of Electric Engineering; German invasion; eighteen months of slave labor; transfer to Terezín in March 1941; avoiding deportation by joining the Jewish police and designing furniture; his depression caused by observing the deprivations of the women and children, deportations, and typhus; artificial improvement of conditions during a Red Cross visit; and transfer to Auschwitz on October 3, 1944. Mr. L. describes witnessing a German guard killing a woman; selections; teaching his friends electrical skills in desperate attempts to be transferred from Auschwitz; transfer with his friends to Gleiwitz; helping his friend with extra food; working as a draftsman; relatively good conditions due to a humane lager commander; transfer to Gross- Rosen; escaping into the woods; hiding in a German village; returning to Prague via Breslau; draft into the Czechoslovakian army; learning his parents were killed in Belzec; and emigration to the United States in 1946. He discusses producing his own documentary about Auschwitz and his trips to Prague and Vienna in 1990.