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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1960

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)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Steven L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1960). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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