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Abraham L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2004) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2004

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    Videotape testimony of Abraham L., who was born in Sinyavka, Russia (presently Belarus) in 1918, the youngest of three children. He recalls attending cheder and a Polish school; learning carpentry at age fourteen; antisemitic harassment and boycotts; Soviet occupation in 1939; draft into the Soviet military; German invasion in 1941; Soviet retreat; hiding in a forest; transfer to a munitions factory where he worked as a carpenter; moving to Tashkent; traveling to Baranovichy after the war; learning of the extermination of Jews, including his own family; living in Szczecin; not returning to his town due to antisemitic violence; living on a kibbutz; moving to Ulm; entering Italy illegally; brief imprisonment; living in Ladispoli while waiting to illegally emigrate to Palestine; boarding a ship; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus; moving to Israel after statehood in 1948; serving in the Israel-Arab War; marriage in 1960, and emigration to the United States. Mr. L. discusses not sharing his story with his children. He shows photographs.
    L., Abraham, 1918-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    February 12, 1992.
    Sinyavka (Belarus)
    Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
    Baranavichy (Belarus)
    Szczecin (Poland)
    Ladispoli (Italy)
    Cite As
    Abraham L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2004). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pery, Jaschael, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Yiddish.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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