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Leon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-548) interviewed by Louis Rosenblum and Elaine Shepp

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-548

Videotape testimony of Leon K., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. He recalls his orthodox family; apprenticeship with a shoemaker; German invasion; ghettoization in 1940; deportation to Hohensalza in September 1942; slave labor building railroads in a camp near Jaksice; a German supervisor sharing food with him; public hangings in Andrzejow; transfer to Birkenau in 1943; assistance from a Czech doctor in a camp hospital; construction work on an electric station in Jaworzno; working in the coal mines until January 17, 1945; assistance from a German; helping a man carry his son during the death march; mass killings in Bytom; fighting for food and sharing it with friends in Blechhammer; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. K. describes returning to Łódź; learning that his family was killed in Chełmno; antisemitic incidents; marriage; fleeing to Germany; living in displaced persons camps for six years; recuperating from several health problems; and emigration to the United States. He notes many instances where survival depended upon prisoners helping each other and discusses his severe depression after liberation.

Author/Creator
K., Leon, 1924-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
Interview Date
July 25, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-548). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.