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Arnold L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1994) interviewed by Eva Kantor and Sergio Rothstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1994

Videotape testimony of Arnold L., who was born in Polzin, Germany (presently Połczyn-Zdrój, Poland) in 1919. He recalls attending public school; expulsion in 1935 due to antisemitism; attending a Zionist agricultural school near Berlin with his brother; visiting his parents in Berlin, where they had been forced to move after confiscation of their assets; moving to a kibbutz in Hessen in 1937, then to another in Grüsen; emigration in 1938 to a town outside Amsterdam in order to leave for Palestine; illegally traveling by ship to Palestine with 1500 other people in 1939 (his brother had emigrated in 1938); living on kibbutzim; the outbreak of war; joining the British Army; serving with the Jewish brigade in Egypt and Italy; accompanying German prisoners from Italy to Innsbruck; assisting survivors in Eindhoven, Holland to emigrate illegally to Palestine; meeting his wife in Brussels; returning to Palestine in 1946; working as a baker during the Israel-Arab War; and emigrating to the United States in 1957. Mr. L. discusses the deportation and deaths of his parents; ignorance of the Holocaust until after the war; and hardships in Israel during the Israel-Arab War.

Author/Creator
L., Arnold, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 10,1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arnold L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1994). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.