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Maurice L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3015) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3015

Videotape testimony of Maurice L., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1930, one of five children. He recalls their affluence; attending French school; military service in Albania; German occupation when he returned; avoiding mandatory registration and forced labor; his family's decision to escape a few at a time to the Italian-occupied area; obtaining false papers; traveling to Athens with his sister, her husband, and child; his parents reaching Athens with assistance from the resistance; an invitation from the mayor of a town on Skopelos Island for all of them to live there; arriving on Skopelos in September 1943; living in a mountain village when Germans arrived on the island; complicity of all the villagers in hiding them, including the priest; some of the family returning to Thessalonikē after the war; his marriage in Athens; and both of his children attending university in Israel, but returning to Greece to live. Mr. L. discusses their family saving the bodies of ancestors when the Germans destroyed the Salonika Jewish cemetery; assuring recognition of their rescuers; the reasons few Jews escaped from Salonika; and relatives who were deported and did not return.

Author/Creator
L., Maurice, 1920-
Published
Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 13,1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maurice L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3015).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/4290078
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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