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Steven L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1960) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Lidya Osadchey,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1960

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    Videotape testimony of Steven L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920. He recalls attending secular school; increased prosperity when Hitler came to power; having to transfer to a Jewish school; attending technical school in Bodenbach, Czechoslovakia (now Podmokly); moving to London in 1939; visiting his girlfriend in Poland in August 1939; German invasion which prevented his return; bombardment of Warsaw; brief incarceration as a German spy; joining his girlfriend's family in Kraków; traveling to Amsterdam to join his parents (they were there due to his father's influence in Germany and his ability to pay); German invasion in May 1940; illegally entering Brussels; arrest; transfer to Malines; a beating by an SS guard; forced labor in a clothing factory; being told by an SS guard not to board a deportation train; stampedes and shootings of prisoners; repairing watches for German soldiers; emptying trucks of prisoners' corpses; release in a German prisoner exchange; hiding prior to liberation; marriage in Brussels; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mr. L. discusses his reluctance to share his experiences with his children and his lack of religious beliefs.
    L., Steven, 1920-
    Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
    Interview Date
    February 14, 1992.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Podmokly (Czech Republic)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    London (England)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Steven L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1960). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohn, Helen, interviewer.
    Osadchey, Lidya, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 49 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.

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