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Otto L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2420) interviewed by Alberta Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2420

Videotape testimony of Otto L., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1928, the oldest of three children. He recalls living in Fancsika; his large extended family; their orthodoxy; attending cheder; Hungarian occupation; German invasion; deportation with his parents, siblings, grandparents, and other relatives to a ghetto in a nearby town, then to Auschwitz; separation from his family; throwing boots over a fence to his aunt; slave labor on a farm; escaping with a friend from a selected group; seeing his uncle once; transfer to another camp; slave labor in a mountain tunnel; transfer to Myslowice (Fürstengrube); slave labor in a coal mine; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; extreme starvation and corpses strewn everywhere; liberation; traveling with two friends from his town to Budapest, then Fancsika; finding two uncles and cousins who had survived; traveling to Prague; emigration to England; living in a hostel for Jewish youth; and marriage to a non-Jewish woman. Mr. L. discusses help from other prisoners on a death march; sharing some of his experiences with his family; and their family trip to Fancsika. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
L., Otto, 1928-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 16, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Otto L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2420). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.