Naftali L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1442) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Patricia Weidenhorn
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 6, 1989 and January 31, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Naftali L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1442). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Naftali L., who was born in Nowy Żmigród, Poland in 1922, one of six children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending cheder, then public school; antisemitic harassment and beatings; his father's death; German invasion; fleeing to Lesko; returning; forced labor building roads; deportation to Frysztak; returning home; frequent round-ups; deportation to Jasło, then Płaszów; slave labor constructing railways; receiving food from his sisters who were in hiding; their arrival; transfer with them and a cousin to Skarżysko; assignment to a munitions factory; meetings with his sisters; transfer to Sulejów; digging anti-tank trenches; transfer two months later to Częstochowa, then Buchenwald; clearing rubble in Weimar; receiving food from a woman; transfer to Flossenbürg; construction work; train transfer to Mauthausen; Czechs giving them bread en route; his cousin's death; liberation by American troops; hospitalization; other patients protecting him from an antisemitic Pole; transfer to a village, then to Bratislava; learning his sisters had survived; traveling to Prague, Częstochowa, Łódź, then Czersk Pomorski; reunion with his sisters in a kibbutz in Gdańsk; traveling to Bratislava; staying briefly in a refugee camp; traveling to Karlovy Vary, then with Beriḥah to many locations including Munich, Innsbruck, Merano, and Milan; living in a kibbutz in Tradate; emigration to Palestine via La Spezia; capture by the British; internment in Cyprus; release; living in several kibbutzim; emigration to the United States in 1959; marriage; his children's births; his wife's death; and remarriage. Mr. L. discusses camp prisoners clandestinely baking matzoh to observe Passover; his state of mind in camps; and sharing his experiences with his children.