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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.

Author/Creator
B., Leon, 1917?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 17, 1984.
Locale
Soviet Union
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Siberia (Russia)
Ternopilʹ (Ukraine)
Wolbrom (Poland)
Linz (Austria)
Rome (Italy)
Munich (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
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.