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Victor L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2928) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2928

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.

Author/Creator
L., Victor, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 4, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289294
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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