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Charles L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1458) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Robert Wellworm

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1458

Videotape testimony of Charles L., who was born in Augustów, Poland in 1915, the youngest of eight children. He recounts his oldest brother's emigration to the United States in 1923; draft into the Polish military in 1937; German and Soviet invasion in 1939; deportation as a POW by the Soviets from Baranovichy; release with a group born in Latvia; escaping en route to Vilnius; returning home; German invasion in June 1941; ghettoization; deportation to Bogusze, then Auschwitz; separation from his parents and sisters (he never saw them again); selection for work with three brothers; a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; his brothers' deaths; transfer to Buchenwald; slave labor clearing rubble in Weimar; receiving food from a restaurateur; slave labor in a munitions factory in Waldenburg; liberation from a death march by United States troops; traveling to Dresden, Kraków, Warsaw, Białystok, and Budapest; living in a Betar camp in Cremona; marriage in 1947; his daughter's birth in 1949; emigration to the United States to join his brother; and his son's birth in 1954. Mr. L. discusses his lost childhood and sharing his experiences with his grandchildren.

Author/Creator
L., Charles, 1915-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
February 14, 1989.
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
Charles L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1458). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.