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Leon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-422) interviewed by Elaine Perlsweig and Morris Beckwitt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-422

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    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.
    K., Leon.
    Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
    Interview Date
    October 15, 1983.
    Sulmierzyce (Łódź, Poland)
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Hrubieszów (Poland)
    Cite As
    Leon K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-422). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perlsweig, Elaine, interviewer.
    Beckwitt, Morris, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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