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Louis E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-366)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-366

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)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-366). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.