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Ezra L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-381) interviewed by Donna Chernin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-381

Videotape testimony of Ezra L., who was born in 1927, in Czechoslovakia. He recounts cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; his return in 1944; his father arranging for a non-Jew to take Mr. L. and his brother; ghettoization of his parents and three younger siblings in Khust; hiding in the forest with his brother; assistance from partisans; building underground bunkers; three Jewish girls joining them; a Catholic family providing food; brief separation from his brother; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to his family's home; reunion with an uncle; traveling to Bucharest and Budapest with his brother and uncle; living in a displaced persons camp in Austria, then Italy; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; their attempted illegal emigration to Palestine; incarceration in Cyprus; release prior to independence; serving in the 1948 war; living on kibbutzim; marriage; and emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
L., Ezra, 1927-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 6, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ezra L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-381). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.