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Michael L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2135) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2135

Videotape testimony of Michael L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. He recalls visiting his paternal grandmother in Bielowice; his brother's birth in 1933; pervasive antisemitism; attending a Jewish school; participating in No'ar ha-Tsiyoni; attending trade school in 1938; German invasion in 1939; gradual deterioration of living conditions; ghettoization in spring 1940; severe hunger and cold; forced labor in a metal working shop; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; separation from his family (he never saw them again); transfer to Gleiwitz; slave labor in a wagon/auto shop; working as slowly as possible; a German supervisor providing extra food; public hanging of escaped Russion POWs; a futile escape attempt during a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; transfer to Buchenwald by train three days later, then Allach; befriending a man with whom he is still in contact; train evacuation; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; assistance from UNRRA; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; attending trade school; visiting Munich; hearing from relatives in England through the Red Cross; emigration there in 1947; marriage; and his daughter's birth. Mr. L. discusses emotional and intellectual numbness in the camps; sharing his experiences with his wife and daughter; and traveling to Poland in 1988.

Author/Creator
L., Michael, 1924-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
April 30, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2135). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.