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

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    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.
    L., Larry, 1925-
    San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1988
    Interview Date
    January 31, 1988.
    Rīga (Latvia)
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Larry L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1139). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Greenlees, Bernadette, interviewer.
    Brown, Cindy, interviewer.
    Associated material: Roman L. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-1259), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Lithuania--Kaunas. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Fathers and sons. Brothers. Mothers and sons. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans. Rīga (Latvia) Latvia. Kaunas (Lithuania) Berlin (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) L., Larry,--1925- Kauen-Schanzen (Concentration camp) Kaufering (Concentration camp) Dachau (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. United States.--Army.--Regimental Combat Team, 442nd. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. United States.--Army--Japanese-American troops.

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