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Herman L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3127) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3127

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    Videotape testimony of Herman L., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1926. He recounts his family's long history in Salonika; Jewish life; German invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; fleeing with his friends to Drama; their arrest attempting to cross the Turkish border; frequent torture during six months in a Gestapo jail in Belgrade; transfer by train to a Greek jail in Thessalonikē in March 1943; assistance from a Greek friend; deportation to Birkenau in August 1943; his assigned job carrying corpses; transfer to Warsaw after the ghetto revolt in August 1943; mass killings during a death march from Warsaw to Dachau in July 1944; a Sephardic rabbi blessing them before their transfer to Waldlager; sabotaging production of concrete blocks; and liberation by United States troops on April 29, 1944. Mr. L. describes returning to Salonika from Feldafing; marriage in 1946; his daughter's birth; being drafted into the Greek army in 1947; fighting in Albania; and antisemitic laws in postwar Greece. He reflects on the importance of friendship to his survival; complex relations between inmates from different countries; his Sephardic background; the disadvantage of speaking neither Polish nor German in the camps; and his attachment to a diary he found in the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto.
    L., Herman, 1926-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 20, 1995.
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Belgrade (Serbia)
    Drama (Greece)
    Cite As
    Herman L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3127). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 52 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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