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Leon B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-342) interviewed by Lyn Silberman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-342

Videotape testimony of Leon B., who was born in approximately 1917. He recounts the German invasion in 1939; fleeing with his brother to Lʹviv in the Soviet zone; working in coal mines in the Donets region; escaping to Kiev; involuntary transport to Siberia in 1940 for forced labor; escaping to Ternopilʹ, then Lʹviv; German invasion in 1941; forced labor; acquiring false papers from a Pole; traveling with his brother and cousin to Wolbrom in late 1941; briefly hiding in a bunker; incarceration with his brother in Stalowa Wola in 1942 for almost two years; capture during an escape attempt; transfer to Płaszów, Mauthausen, Steyr, and back to Mauthausen; learning his brother had died; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Linz; living and working in the Salzburg displaced persons camp; accompanying a children's group to Italy; living in Rome; assistance from the Joint; visiting his former fiancě in Munich (she had married someone else); living in Munich displaced persons camp; marriage in February 1946; his daughter's birth in December; and emigrating to the United States in 1949.

B., Leon, 1917?-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 17, 1984.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-342). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.