Leon B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1241) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Mark Lender
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- March 16, 1988.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leon B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1241). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leon B., who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. He recounts volunteering for the Army in 1943; encountering racism as an African-American soldier; posting to Europe in a segregated unit with the 3rd Army; participating in the Battle of the Bulge; entering Buchenwald; his shock at the conditions, including the pervasive stench, piles of corpses everywhere, and emaciated survivors resembling the “walking dead”; and witnessing prisoners beating a guard. Mr. B. discusses his career as an educator; involvement in the civil rights movement; and not sharing his war experiences until encountering a survivor speaking at a school in 1970, then often speaking himself in many venues.