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Louis E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-366)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-366

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    Videotape testimony of Louis E., who was born in Kielce, Poland in 1923 to a religious family of four children. He describes childhood in an antisemitic atmosphere; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; Jewish police rounding up forced laborers; deportations; learning about gas chambers from an escapee; the shooting of his parents and grandmother on the way to a selection; the ghetto's liquidation in 1943; transfer with his brother to Bliżyn; escaping to Kielce with assistance from a Jewish policeman and a Pole; forced labor in Henrykowo; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau, then Bliżyn and Trzebinia; the death march through the Beskids; transfer to Gross-Rosen, Sachsenhausen, Bergen-Belsen and Hamburg; and liberation from Sandbostel, where he had witnessed cannibalism by Soviet POWs, by British troops. Mr. E. recalls recovering with his brother in a hospital; living with him in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; traveling via Hannover to Bergen-Belsen refugee camp; living in Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf; and emigrating to the United States in 1949.
    E., Louis, 1923-
    Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
    Interview Date
    October 30, 1983.
    Kielce (Poland)
    Hannover (Germany)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Bonn (Germany)
    Cite As
    Louis E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-366). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Refugee camps.
    Postwar experiences.

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