Mordechai L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3774)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 16, June 15, and October 26, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mordechai L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3774). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mordechai L., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1926, the youngest of three brothers. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; their German cultural orientation (Czech was their second language); cordial relations with non-Jews; questioning orthodoxy as he became more educated; German invasion in March 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; one brother's emigration to Palestine; his father's arrest and release five weeks later; expulsion from school; his bar mitzvah; attending a Zionist Czech school; participating in Zionist youth movements despite his father's disapproval; meeting Fredy Hirsch; a non-Jew bringing them food; apprenticing as an electrician; deportation with his parents and brother in 1943 to Theresienstadt; assignment to a construction group; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; studying Hebrew; separation from his parents when he was deported to Auschwitz in September 1944 (he never saw them again); remaining with his brother and two friends; a cousin who had been there previously advising them to volunteer for any transport out; their transfer to Kaufering; slave labor in a lumber mill; the deaths of his brother and one friend; a death march to Allach; liberation by United States troops; returning with his friend to Prague via Plzeň with his friend; briefly working with a non-Jew organizing Jewish orphans; moving to a Makabi ha-tsaʻir camp in Bratislava; helping organize youth emigration to Palestine; marriage in 1946; and emigration to Israel in 1949. Mr. L. discusses prisoners organizing help for others and cultural events in Theresienstadt; Yom Kippur services there in 1944; and sometimes believing that he would survive and sometimes that he would not.