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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.
Locale
Hungary
Soviet Union
Russia
Velykyĭ Bychkiv (Ukraine)
Brno (Czech Republic)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Vienna (Austria)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Litoměřice (Czech Republic)
Hamburg (Germany)
Montréal (Québec)
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.