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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.

Author/Creator
L., William, 1911-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
September 9, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
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.