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Larry L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1139) interviewed by Bernadette Greenlees and Cindy Brown

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1139

Videotape testimony of Larry L., who was born in Rīga, Latvia in 1925. He recalls his family's move to Kaunas in 1934 due to antisemitism; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; their non-Jewish porter saving them from round-ups; ghettoization; forced labor with his father outside the ghetto; smuggling in food; young Zionists organizing resistance; a mass killing in October 1942; transfer with his parents and brother to Kauen-Schanzen in 1943; train transport to Dachau in fall 1944 (his mother and girlfriend were removed with the women and children); transfer to Kaufering the next day; a prisoner doctor operating on his brother; receiving Red Cross packages once; he and his father receiving punishment whippings; being cared for by his brother; abandonment by guards during a forced march; liberation by United States troops; remaining with the 442nd, a Japanese American regiment, as their interpreter; working for several army units, then for the Joint in Berlin; marriage to his girlfriend in Berlin; their subsequent divorce; and his remarriage. Mr. L. discusses the importance to his survival of his father's encouragement; details of camp life; and his continuing hostility to Germans and Germany.

Author/Creator
L., Larry, 1925-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1988
Interview Date
January 31, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Larry L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1139). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283245
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