Leon P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2941) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2941). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon P., who was born in Pruzhany, Russia (ceded to Poland in 1919, presently Belarus) in 1914. He recalls he was a child music prodigy; traveling to Minsk seeking music instruction; living in Warsaw to study piano; returning home in 1924; his older sister's emigration to the United States in 1933; attending a music conservatory in Warsaw; his father's death in 1938; nomination for the international Chopin competition; increasing antisemitism; performing to support his mother and younger sister; German invasion; fleeing to Vilnius; futile attempts to bring his mother and sister there; obtaining a Japanese transit visa; traveling to Moscow in January 1941, then to Vladivostok and Tsuruga-shi, Japan with assistance from HIAS; living in Kōbe-shi; performing concerts for diplomats in Tokyo; obtaining a visa to Canada; traveling to Shanghai; playing with a symphony orchestra; traveling to Sydney via Surinam; arriving in Vancouver in February 1942 via San Francisco; and emigrating to the United States to join his sister in October 1943. Mr. P. discusses his academic and music career; learning his mother and younger sister had perished at Auschwitz; many people who helped him; and the importance of his musical ability.