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Leo L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1526) interviewed by Patricia Widenhorn and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1526

Videotape testimony of Leo L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. In addition to information in a previously recorded testimony (HVT-729), Mr. L. recounts working in a textile workshop in Auschwitz; privileged work transporting potatoes at Ohrdruf; protection from the German guard; hospitalization after being kicked by an Ukrainian guard; losing his privileged position; the German guard “saving his life” by reclaiming him for his group; a death march in March 1945; escaping with a Soviet POW and others; returning to Ohrdruf; liberation; traveling to Gotha; a Jewish-American soldier providing him with a room and work; working for UNRRA, then the Joint in Hanau; searching for relatives in displaced persons camps; finding three cousins in Bergen-Belsen; contact with three more cousins; finding cousins in Israel who had photographs of his family; visiting Poland in 1983 and finding the woman who had helped him smuggle food into the ghetto; visiting again in 1987 and locating documents detailing his family's deportation to Chelmno, which he then visited. Mr. L. dedicates his testimony to a soldier he recently met who had liberated Ohrdruf.

L., Leo, 1924-2007.
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
October 11, 1989.
Łódź (Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Gotha (Germany)
Hanau (Germany)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1526). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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