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Louis D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-492) interviewed by Toby Lewis

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-492

Videotape testimony of Louis D., who was born in Velyikyy Bychkiv, Russia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1911, one of six brothers. He recounts his family's poverty; working in construction in Brno; military enlistment in 1929; discharge in 1933; his successful business; German invasion; obtaining papers as a non-Jew; deportation to Velyikyy Bychkiv; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in Kiev; transfer home; deportation with his family to Auschwitz; transfer with two brothers to Fünfteichen; slave labor in a Krupp factory; extraction of his brother's gold crowns to obtain privileged work; a death march via Gross-Rosen to Dachau; sharing food and encouraging his brother; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Plzeň; reunion with another brother; a brief visit to Velyikyy Bychkiv; serving in the Czech military in Prague; discharge after nine months; recovering his business; marriage in 1946; arrest by Soviets as a capitalist in 1949; imprisonment in Litoměřice for nine months; escaping to Vienna; his wife and children joining him; living in a displaced persons camp; and emigration via Hamburg to Montréal in 1950, then to the United States in 1953. Mr. D. discusses nightmares resulting from his experiences; losing all his teeth when beaten in camp; no assistance when he arrived in the U.S.; and financial struggles, despite his present success.

Author/Creator
D., Louis, 1911?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 14, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-492). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.