Leon W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-443) interviewed by Janet Hadda and Ian Russ
- 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.
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.