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Leon B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1241) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Mark Lender

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1241

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.

Author/Creator
B., Leon, 1925-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
March 16, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294926
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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