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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2004

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.

Author/Creator
L., Abraham, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
February 12, 1992.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285910
Record last modified: 2012-08-23 15:16:00
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