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Leo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1824) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Chaya Mʻeiri

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1824

Videotape testimony of Leo B., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1921, the middle of three children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending Jewish school; participating in Agudat, intending to emigrate to Palestine; preparing for that in Darmstadt; his brother's emigration to Palestine; burning of the synagogue on Kristallnacht; emigrating with his mother, father, and sister to Amsterdam; incarceration with his father in refugee camps; transfer by himself to Deventer, Eindhoven, then Westerbork; finding his father there; arrival of many Jews after German occupation; organizing activities for the children; celebrating Jewish holidays; transfer to Auschwitz, then Gleiwitz; slave labor in a train repair facility; beatings for taking extra food and for having tefillin; hospitalization; transfer to Blechhammer; liberation by Soviet troops; transport to Kraków, then Gleiwitz; volunteering in a hospital; learning his parents and sister were killed; living in Switzerland for six months; illegal emigration to Palestine; reunion with his brother; joining the Haganah; his brother's death in the 1948 war; marriage; the births of two children; and his career as a rehabilitation expert for handicapped people. Mr. B. discusses his loss of faith due to his experiences,

B., Leo, 1921-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986, 1987, and 1988
Interview Date
August 12, 1986, June 25, 1987, and January 28, 1988.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Leo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1824). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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