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Leo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1702) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Hannah Levinsky-Koevary

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1702

Videotape testimony of Leo S., who was born in Chicago in 1908. He recalls serving in the Air Force during World War II, stationed in the United States; volunteering to work for UNRRA in displaced persons camps in Europe after the war; being posted to Landsberg; working with staff from the Joint and with the survivors; helping Samuel Bak, a child prodigy, obtain painting supplies and workspace; learning his aunt, her husband, son, his wife, and their two children had survived in Siberia; traveling illegally to Legnica to bring his relatives to Landsberg; arranging for Samuel Bak to make sculptures for the camp entrance; Purim and Passover celebrations; notifying journalists of his thwarted efforts to improve poor camp conditions (he shows the New York Times article); and an American general who responded to his pleas. Mr. S. is joined by his wife, who tells of his daily letters describing Landsberg, and by Hirsch A., a survivor who assisted in camp administration. Mr. S. discusses other survivors in the camp, including interviewer Toby Blum-Dobkin's parents. Mr. S. shows photographs, documents, and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
S., Leo, 1908-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage
Interview Date
May 23, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1702). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295952
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