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Władysław L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2927) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2927

Videotape testimony of Władysław L., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1901. He recalls attending medical school in Vilna due to restrictions against Jews in Warsaw; transferring to Warsaw due to his high grades; practicing in Warsaw; German invasion in September 1939; fleeing east with his wife via Biała Podlaska and Kobryn; settling in Pinsk, in the Soviet-occupied zone; deportation with all refugees to Arkhangelʹsk; working in hospitals; imprisonment in 1943 as an American spy; signing a false confession to spare his wife and to avoid additional torture; an eight year sentence to a labor camp; working as a physician there until 1951; deportation to Siberia upon his release; working as a physician there until 1955 when Polish detainees were repatriated; returning to Warsaw; emigration to the United States in 1957; and working as a physician. Dr. L. notes ignorance of outside news while in the Soviet Union; learning his family had been killed in the Holocaust; his wife divorcing him while he was in the labor camp; and his remarriage. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
L., Władysław, 1901-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 21, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Władysław L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2927). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.