Leonard L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1251) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- December 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
- Leonard L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1251). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leonard L., who was born in 1922 in Japan to Russian parents, and served with the United States Army 82nd airborne division in World War II. He recounts meeting the Soviets in Ludwigslust; entering Wöbbelin concentration camp in May 1945; “ambulatory corpses” milling around, including young children; piles of corpses; the pervasive, nauseating stench, which stays with him to the present time; speaking with survivors (he spoke Russian, German and French); survivors dying after giving them candy bars or other rich foods; German civilians feigning ignorance of the camp; providing survivors with appropriate food, and housing them in a local hospital; forcing Germans to disinter and rebury corpses from mass graves; and screening survivors at displaced persons camps in Berlin. Mr. L. discusses continuing contact with Wöbbelinn survivors.