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Leon L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2929) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2929

Videotape testimony of Leon L., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. He recalls his affluent, orthodox family; antisemitic incidents; one sister's emigration to Palestine; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; joining the underground; denouncement by a Jew as a black marketeer; imprisonment; release; living with his parents in the ghetto; deportation with his family; jumping from the train after his brother did (he never saw his parents and sister again); hiding with his father's Polish friend; returning to the ghetto; reunion with his brother; their transfer to Płaszów; his brother sharing bread with him; transfer to Zschachwitz in 1944; slave labor at a Miag factory; receiving food from a German; hospitalization; hiding during the bombing of Dresden; the death march to Litoměřice in April; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with his brother; recuperating in Ebensee displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; living in Vienna; emigrating to the United States in April 1948; marriage; two daughters' births; and his wife's death. Mr. L. discusses the hope of seeing his sister helping him to survive; willing himself to forget his experiences; reluctance to share them with his daughters; and anguish from his wife's death, and denouncement by a Jew.

Author/Creator
L., Leon, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 31, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2929). 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/4289297
Record last modified: 2015-09-08 16:26:00
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