David L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1973) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont and Claire Paulus
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 29, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS.
- Cite As
- David L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1973). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. He recalls his family's move to Cologne, then Brussels in 1928; actively participating in socialist groups; German invasion; resistance activities from 1941 onward; killing a soldier in retaliation for his girlfriend's torture and execution; deportation of his father and brother in 1942; hiding in Brabant; his mother and youngest brother hiding; his arrest as a resistant; imprisonment in St. Gilles, then Malines; and deportation to Auschwitz. Mr. L. recounts finding his father; participating in the inmate underground; commanding a work brigade; arranging extra rations for his brigade; being beaten for not betraying another inmate; the death march to Mauthausen (his father remained behind); receiving food from a Czech woman; transport to Ebensee; participating in the inmate underground; organized refusal to enter the tunnels as the Allies approached; disappearance of most guards; prisoners killing guards and prisoner collaborators; arrival of United States troops; returning to Brussels; reunion with his parents; and learning of his brother's death. Mr. L. notes details of organized resistance in the camps and the importance of political activism and solidarity to survival.