Victor L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2928) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- April 4, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Victor L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2928). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Victor L., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1918. He describes attending Polish school; antisemitic incidents; active membership in Akiba; one sister's emigration to Palestine; his father's reluctance to emigrate to Palestine; entering his father's business in 1937; assisting Jewish refugees from Germany; German invasion; returning home after Germans overtook him fleeing east; using false papers to feign an authorized job; ghettoization; visiting his parents in Niepołomice; arranging their move to the Kraków ghetto in 1942; escaping with his brother from a deportation train (he never saw his parents again); briefly living in the Bochnia ghetto; building barracks at Płaszów, then working as an electrician; public hangings, frequent beatings, and killings; transfer to Gross-Rosen in October 1944, then to Brünnlitz with Oskar Schindler's Jews; joining a resistance group; their relations with outside partisans; assistance from Schindler; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. L. recounts reunion with his brother and fiancee; learning of his youngest brother's death; traveling to Vienna; marriage; and emigration to the United States. He discusses sharing his experiences with his children; visiting Poland with his daughter; and helping support Schindler after the war. He shows photographs.