Leonard D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-673) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum and Frances Ganz
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1985
- Interview Date
- March 12, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leonard D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-673). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leonard D. who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1925. He recalls his parents both had relatives in Europe; ceasing to hear from them in the late 1930s; being drafted into the Army immediately after high school graduation; training in the 21st Armored Infantry Battalion; reassignment to the 11th Armored Division; sailing to England; landing in France in October 1944; fierce fighting through Europe; liberating Mauthausen on May 5, 1945; his and his fellow soldiers' state of shock at the condition of the prisoners; the piles of corpses all over, the pervasive stench; observing the gas chamber, torture areas, and the bloodied quarry steps; the commanding officer compelling locals to observe the camp, assist former prisoners, and help bury the dead; leaving five days later; helping to repatriate Czechs and Hungarians; returning home; and discharge in March 1946. Mr. D. notes his mother lost all of her family in Hungary; being "an old man" at twenty due to what he had seen; and becoming a teacher to help prevent such events in the future.