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Ronald L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2123) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2123

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    Videotape testimony of Ronald L., who was born in Wieliezka, Poland in 1929. He recalls his family's affluence; warm relations with his large, extended family; attending Polish school; German invasion; briefly traveling east; returning home from Mielec; expulsion from school; attending a private school; his mother obtaining false papers for him and bringing him to his Polish teacher's home (he never saw her again); his teacher's daughter bringing him to Kraków; living with a Polish couple for a week (they brought him to the ghetto, fearing to keep him); finding his father; registering as two years older than he was; forced labor; his Polish nanny bringing them food weekly; transfer to Płaszów in late 1942, then to a barrack at the factory; receiving extra food from Polish civilian workers; transfer to Płaszów in September 1944, then to standing cattle cars for several days (Oskar Schindler hosed them down to relieve the heat); transfer to Mauthausen, then St. Valentin; assistance from a Polish doctor; his father's death; a cousin and friend teaching him the kaddish; Allied bombings; transfer to Ebensee; deteriorating conditions; cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; traveling to Puglia with the Jewish Brigade to emigrate to Palestine; hospitalization; contacts from relatives in England; a cousin arranging his emigration; living in a camp in Maghull, then with cousins in London; studying chemical engineering; and his successful career. Mr. L. shows photographs which his nanny saved.
    L., Ronald, 1929-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
    Interview Date
    February 24, 1993.
    Wieliczka (Poland)
    Mielec (Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Puglia (Italy)
    Maghull (England)
    London (England)
    Cite As
    Ronald L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2123). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Douek, Gillian Green, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Hidden children (Holocaust) Fathers and sons. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Kraków. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Forced labor. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Friendship. Cannibalism. Wieliczka (Poland) Poland. Mielec (Poland) Kraków (Poland) Puglia (Italy) Maghull (England) London (England) Oral histories (document genres) L., Ronald,--1929- Schindler, Oskar,--1908-1974. Płaszów (Concentration camp) Mauthausen (Concentration camp) Ebensee (Concentration camp)

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