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Leonid N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1915) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1915

Videotape testimony of Leonid N., who was born in Z︠H︡ytomyr, Soviet Union (presently Ukraine) in 1923. He recalls a famine beginning in 1933 and his mother's resulting death in 1934; his father's remarriage; his father's imprisonment in 1940 for illegally selling shoes; German invasion in June 1941; orders to evacuate for the military draft; participating in military operations in many locations until the end of the war; antisemitism in the Soviet military; reunion with his father in 1946 (he survived in Siberia); military discharge in 1947; returning to Z︠H︡ytomyr; learning from the woman who appropriated their belongings that his family had perished in a mass shooting; marriage in 1947; and helping his wife reclaim confiscated property. Mr. N. discusses antisemitic discrimination at work and in his children's schools; his wife's death in 1986 from radiation exposure; and emigrating with his children to the United States in 1989. Mr. N. shows photographs.

N., Leonid, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 5, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Leonid N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1915). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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