Abraham L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2004) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 12, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abraham L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2004). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.