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Roman L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1259) interviewed by Hedy Rutman and Tina Rauch,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1259

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    Videotape testimony of Roman L., who was born in Rīga, Latvia in 1930. He recounts moving to Kaunas with his family when he was four; Soviet occupation in 1941; German invasion in June; a mass killing during which his family was saved by a non-Jew; ghettoization; incarceration with his parents and brother in Kauen-Schanzen; forced labor; receiving extra food from some German guards; transfer with his father and brother to Dachau in 1944; assistance from one kapo; a death march into the Tyrol area; desertion by the guards; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization at Sankt Ottilien; learning his mother had survived; traveling to Berlin, then Paris; emigration to Mexico City; reunion with his mother in 1955 when the Soviets allowed her to leave; and emigration to the United States in 1984. Mr. L. discusses many incidents of camp life; attributing his survival to his father; observing lack of remorse in Germany after the war; becoming a self-made man and an autodidact (his education was interrupted at age eleven); the difficulty of describing his experiences; and having previously erased these experiences for many years.
    L., Roman, 1930-
    San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
    Interview Date
    December 6, 1987.
    Rīga (Latvia)
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Paris (France)
    Mexico City (Mexico)
    Cite As
    Roman L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1259). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rutman, Hedy, interviewer.
    Rauch, Tina, interviewer.
    Associated material: Larry L. Holocaust testimony [brother](HVT-1139), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub.; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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