Naftali L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3241)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Naftali L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3241). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Naftali L., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1926. He recalls moving to Piotrków when his father became its rabbi in 1935; his bar mitzvah in Kraków in 1939; German invasion in September; anti-Jewish restrictions; his father having to collect money to meet German demands; hiding the synagogue's Torahs; an influx of Jews from the surrounding area; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz in 1941; slave labor; Polish non-Jews protecting him; public hangings; contacting his family; his arranged escape with a Polish baker who made deliveries to Auschwitz; hiding in his parents' house; slave labor in Difi in Bugaj; his mother hiding with his younger siblings during round-ups; his father volunteering for deportation to Treblinka to be with his congregation; his mother running a soup kitchen; deportation with his five-year-old brother to Częstochowa; slave labor in a factory; others helping him care for his brother; transport to Buchenwald in January 1944; bribing an official to place his brother in a children's barrack; slave labor in a quarry; visiting his brother; transfer to Dora; sneaking into a transport to Buchenwald; observing Hungarian Jews praying; separation from his brother during the evacuation; escaping from the train; returning to Buchenwald; prisoners taking over; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; transfer with his brother to Normandy; and their illegal emigration to Palestine. Mr. L. notes his brother, Israel Lau, became a Chief Rabbi in Israel.