Marcel L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-275) interviewed by Sarah Ducorsky
- Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
- Interview Date
- November 3, 1982.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; 2 Betacam SP dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marcel L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-275). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marcel L., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1920, one of five children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; his father selling their stores in 1936 to emigrate to Palestine; one brother emigrating there; increasing influence of Hungarian fascists; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1939; his return after two months; he and his brothers being drafted in 1941; his brothers being sent to the Russian front (they did not return); a Hungarian Nazi, who was his father's friend, helping them avoid deportation; visiting his family in 1944 in the Budapest ghetto (his sister's child died then); his transfer to Bergen-Belsen in December; working in the hospital; learning his sister had arrived through a letter (he recently donated it to Yad Vashem); seeing her only once (she did not survive); train evacuation in April; liberation by United States troops; returning to Budapest; reunion with his parents; their insistence he leave; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany for two years; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. L. discusses surviving due to luck; never losing his faith; and often sharing his experiences with his children.