Leon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-422) interviewed by Elaine Perlsweig and Morris Beckwitt
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- October 15, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-422). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon K., who was born in Sulmierzyce, Poland. He recalls moving to Częstochowa; attending high school; antisemitic incidents; learning the leather business; German invasion; mass killings; forced labor; deportation to a labor camp in Ukraine with friends from a Zionist youth organization; resisting the guards; escaping, with assistance from local Jews, to Hrubieszów; returning to Częstochowa; ghettoization; his family's deportation in 1942; disbelieving accounts of escaped prisoners from Treblinka; slave labor in HASAG/Pelzery and Rachów; escaping with assistance from a Polish friend; hiding in his friend's apartment; returning to Rachów due to fear of denouncement; carrying arms from the Rachów ghetto to HASAG/Pelzery for the underground; the ghetto's liquidation; doing leather work at the HASAG factory; assistance from a Polish policeman and a German; arranging for his brother and others to be transferred to his shop; hiding with his brother and future wife in a barn during the camp evacuation; liberation by Soviet troops; antisemitic incidents; fleeing from Kraków to Belgium; and emigration with his family to the United States.