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Maxi L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3221) interviewed by Régine Waintrater and Michele Ganem

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3221

Videotape testimony of Maxi L., who was born in Lyon, France in 1925, the oldest of fifteen children. He recounts his parents' Moroccan background; fleeing briefly during German invasion; his two-year apprenticeship in Villeurbanne; working in Lyon; being caught in a round-up in April 1943; internment in Montluc prison; a beating for trying to contact his family; transfer to Drancy in July; writing to his parents; deportation to Auschwitz in September; being selected (one of 100-120 of 1,200) for work; quarantine until October; remaining with French friends and Greeks who spoke French; transfer to the destroyed Warsaw ghetto; clearing rubble; assignment burning corpses; hospitalization in spring 1944; assisting the hospital chief; remaining with his friends during a death march and train transport to Dachau; witnessing cannibalism; transfer to Kaufering, then Allach; sharing food with his friends; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Paris; staying at the Hotel Lutetia; returning to Lyon (his family survived in hiding); and one year recuperating in Divonne-les-Bains. Mr. L. discusses group relations in the camps; his belief he would survive; being less afraid after leaving Auschwitz; and continuing close relations with his camp friends (they are like brothers). He shows letters and photographs.

Author/Creator
L., Maxi, 1925-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
February 11, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maxi L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3221). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.