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William L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2301) interviewed by Ann Estus and Larry Steinfeld,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2301

Videotape testimony of William L., who was born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1911. He recalls his father's death during World War I; his mother's orthodoxy; a sister's emigration to England; attending schools in Piešt̕any and Topol̕čany; apprenticeships in Dunajská Streda and Filakovo; marriage in 1939; his son's birth; service in the Czech army; visiting his mother (he never saw her again); returning to Filakovo; anti-Jewish laws; losing his job; deportation to a labor camp in 1943 (he never saw his family again); forced labor on a farm, a munitions factory in Pesterzsébet, then building bunkers for German soldiers; escaping in 1944 with friends to avoid deportation to Germany; hiding with assistance from a Hungarian farmer; liberation by Soviet troops; volunteering for the Soviet military in 1945; being wounded in action; hospitalization in the Tatra Mountains and Piešt̕any; transfer to Bratislava; discharge in Košice; traveling to Liptovský Mikuláš; marriage in Liberec; reunion with his sister in England; and emigration to the United States. Mr. L. describes his businesses and career.

L., William, 1911-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
September 9, 1992.
Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia)
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Dunajská Streda (Slovakia)
Filakovo (Slovakia)
Topol̕čany (Slovakia)
Pesterzsébet (Budapest, Hungary)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
Liberec (Czech Republic)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2301). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.