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Leon E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-807) interviewed by Burton Einspruch and James W. Pennebaker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-807

Videotape testimony of Leon E. who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1922, one of two children. He recounts attending school; his family's brief move to Bielsko-Biała, then their return to Kraków; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; he and his family joining friends in the countryside in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska; his job in a woodworking factory; deportation to Płaszów in 1942; escaping to visit his parents; returning two days later (he never saw his parents again); transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna in 1943; slave labor in a munitions factory, working with picric acid; a fellow prisoner giving him new clothes when the acid destroyed his; a woman prisoner giving him extra food; transfer to Buchenwald, then Schlieben a week later; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; and returning to Kraków. Mr. E. attributes his survival to help from other prisoners and luck.

Author/Creator
E., Leon, 1922-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
April 27, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-807). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.