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Reuven L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-762) interviewed by Elsa Roth and Elizabeth Jacob,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-762

Videotape testimony of Reuven L., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1927. He describes his father's prominence as a lawyer and his mother's as a gynecologist; his father's assistance to Jewish refugees from Germany and Poland; Soviet occupation; his father's arrest as a capitalist; Lithuanians killing Jews after Germany invaded the Soviet Union prior to entering Kaunas; ghettoization; forced labor at the airport, hunger, and killings; his parents arranging their escape with assistance from a priest; hiding in a monastery, then, using false papers, on a farm and with a Lithuanian woman; fleeing with assistance from non-Jews to S̆iauliai; working on a farm in Linkuva, posing as a non-Jew; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. L. describes returning to Kaunas; reunion with his parents, who had hidden in different places; their escape via Baranavichy, Łódź, and Katowice to Prague; traveling to Paris with assistance from a Jewish organization; emigration, with his parents, to Palestine in 1946; marriage; and emigrating with his family to the United States in 1956. He notes the contrast of rabid antisemitism in Lithuania in 1941 to Lithuanians who saved him at risk to themselves.

L., Reuven, 1927-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
June 29, 1986.
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Šiauliai (Lithuania)
Linkuva (Lithuania)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Katowice (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Paris (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Reuven L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-762). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.