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Matetehu L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3370) interviewed by Anita Tarsi and Nathan Beyrak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3370

Videotape testimony of Matetehu L., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929, the youngest of three brothers. He recounts speaking Polish at home; German invasion; his oldest brother fleeing to Russia (he never saw him again); ghettoization; smuggling food into the ghetto almost daily (he “looked Polish”); his brother being killed when accompanying him outside the ghetto; his father's death from typhus in 1941; round-up and train deportation in spring 1942; escaping with other children; returning to the ghetto; his mother's hospitalization (he never saw her again); escaping from the ghetto through the sewers; his eye being injured by a grenade (he has only one eye as a result); hiding in the forests; avoiding both Germans and Armia Krajowa; working for Polish farmers (one knew he was Jewish); liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; registering with the Jewish community and Red Cross in Praga; transfer to Łódź; living on a Dror kibbutz; traveling illegally with the group to Paris; assistance from UNRRA; transfer to Marseille, then Bandol; boarding an illegal ship to Palestine; interception by the British; four months' incarceration on Cyprus; living on several kibbutzim; returning to Europe in March 1953; living in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint; emigration to São Paulo; living in Rio; marriage in 1956; the births of his children; returning to Israel in 1973; serving in the Yom Kippur War; and sharing only small segments of his story with his wife and children, who find it difficult to believe.

L., Matetehu, 1929-
Tel Aviv, Israel: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 18, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Matetehu L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3370). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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