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Leon W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-268) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-268

Videotape testimony of Leon W., who was born in Zwola, Poland in 1919. He recounts his father's bakery business; attending yeshiva until age thirteen; destruction of the town in the German invasion; living briefly with relatives in Radom; returning home; Germans killing Jews; escaping to a forest with his younger brother; working for a Polish engineer; returning home; deportation with his brother to Skarżysko-Kamienna in fall 1942; encountering his sister once and giving her bread; being sent to Majdanek to bring back clothing for the prisoners; deciding against escaping, fearing his brother would be killed in retribution; transfer with his brother to Buchenwald, then Schlieben; slave labor in a quarry, then an ammunition factory; obtaining extra food for his brother when he was sick, with assistance from a German prisoner; a death march in winter 1945; escaping with his brother and two others at the Czech border; assistance from a local farmer; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; continuing help from the Czech farmer; traveling to Prague, Plzeň, then Munich; reunion with a sister and another brother; living in the Stuttgart displaced persons camp; and emigrating to the United States in 1947. Mr. W. notes sharing his story with his children.

Author/Creator
W., Leon, 1919-
Published
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
August 16, 1982.
Locale
Poland
Zwoleń (Radom, Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 1/2 VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-268). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.