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Leo M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1672) interviewed by Raya C. Schapiro and Chaya Roth,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1672

Videotape testimony of Leo M., who was born in Grodzisk, Poland in 1911. He recounts pervasive antisemitism; apprenticing to a tailor at age thirteen; marriage in 1937; emigrating to Paris; his son's birth in 1938; volunteering for French military service in September 1939; German invasion; action at Alsace and Verdun; being wounded; hospitalization in Perpignan; returning to Paris; internment in spring 1941 as a non-citizen Jew; visits from his wife and son; release in fall 1942; hiding with his wife and son, with assistance from a French family, during the round-up in July 1942; the French family arranging a hiding place in the suburbs; placing his son with a French concierge; visiting him every Sunday; frequently moving with his wife; eventually taking their son with them; and liberation by United States troops in 1944. Mr. M. recounts returning to Paris; his younger son's birth in 1945; learning his entire family in Poland was killed; and emigrating to the United States in 1950. He notes constant memories of the destruction of entire communities, and at the same time, his pleasure in his children and continuing generations.

M., Leo, 1911-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1991
Interview Date
Perpignan (France)
Grodzisk Mazowiecki (Poland : Powiat)
Verdun (France)
Paris (France)
Alsace (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1672). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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