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Naftali L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1442) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Patricia Weidenhorn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1442

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.

L., Naftali, 1922-
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.
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