Michel L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3220) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 9, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Michel L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3220). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Michel L., who was born in Skierniewice, Poland in 1922, one of five children. He recounts his family's emigration to Metz in 1923; their return to Poland in 1936; moving back to France; attending a Jewish school; living among his extended family; his father's death; leaving school for a tailor's apprenticeship; German invasion; forced relocation with his extended family to Angoulême; denunciation and arrest in 1942; incarceration near Poitiers; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August; slave labor digging canals and moving corpses; volunteering to work as a tailor; improved conditions; reunion with Serge, a childhood friend; their transfer to Warsaw; assisting hidden ghetto survivors; public executions; assignment to the laundry; he and his friends exchanging goods for food with Polish civilians; a death march in August 1944 to Łowicz and Kutno, then train transport to Dachau; transfer to a sub-camp; train evacuation in April 1945; escaping with Serge during Allied bombings; receiving food from army deserters; liberation by United States troops; repatriation via Hotel Lutetia in Paris; traveling to Angoulême, then Metz; learning his mother and siblings had been deported and killed; living in Paris; marriage to a survivor; his son's birth; learning twenty years later his youngest brother had survived in hiding; and their reunion. Mr. L. discusses not sharing his experiences with his son; nightmares and his loss of faith; and recently visiting Auschwitz with Serge. He shows photographs.