Władysław L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2927) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- April 21, 1994.
- 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.
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.