Leon W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-443) interviewed by Janet Hadda and Ian Russ,
Videotape testimony of Leon W., who was born in Radzymin, Poland in 1911. He recounts traveling between Radzymin and the Warsaw ghetto; learning of the upcoming deportation of the Jews from Radzymin; arranging his wife's and daughter's escape; deportation of his father, siblings, and other family to Treblinka in 1942; fleeing to a labor camp near Radzymin; escaping before the camp's liquidation; fleeing with his wife and daughter to Warsaw; leaving their eighteen-month-old daughter on the doorstep of a lawyer's house hoping to save her; arranging for his wife to be a housekeeper for a Polish family; joining the Jewish underground in the Warsaw ghetto; the uprising in May 1943; hiding in bunkers; escaping through the sewers; learning his wife had been killed; hiding with a Polish family; joining the Polish underground; liberation by Soviet troops; locating his daughter in an orphanage; his remarriage; and emigrating to the United States. Mr. W. discusses his regret at not having been able to save more people and he shows documents and photographs.
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- June 19, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-443). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.