Leslie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3056) interviewed by Sandy Hayden
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1984
- Interview Date
- February 15, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leslie S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3056). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leslie S., who was born in Mátészalka, Hungary in 1927. He recounts his orthodox family life; childhood antisemitic harassment; inability to continue his education due to the Jewish quota; German invasion in March 1944; implementation of anti-Jewish policies; ghettoization; his father's deportation (he never saw him again); transport to Birkenau; selection for work; transfer to Auschwitz; forced labor; evacuation to Mauthausen in January 1945; loss of toes due to frost bite; hiding in the camp hospital with assistance from a fellow prisoner; liberation by United States troops; a month's recovery at an army hospital; traveling to Germany seeking surviving family; returning home in July; reunion with his sister, an uncle, and aunt; learning his parents had perished; moving to Vienna, then Germany; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; working for the Joint; and emigration to Canada. Mr. S. discusses his lost childhood; the impact of persistent memories; and visiting his sister in Hungary.