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Leonid B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3742)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3742

Videotape testimony of Leonid B., who was born in Shpikov, Ukraine in 1921. He recounts his father's death when he was six; moving to Pohrebyshche; his mother's remarriage; moving to Kiev; attending a Jewish school, then a military school; completing training as an artillery officer two days before the German invasion in June; posting to Przemyśl; relocating to Korostenʹ; retreating with his unit through Ukraine and Belarus; witnessing the bombing of civilians; battles in Kiev and Poltava; being wounded; locals assisting him medically, providing false papers, and hiding him; moving to Cherkasy; briefly staying with his grandmother in Belozër'ye; capture; escaping his imminent execution; assistance from locals in several locations, including Ternivka; obtaining good false papers; establishing a partisan unit with others; joining an organized partisan group; many operations blowing up trains and battles with Germans; capture and escape; parachuting with others behind German lines; assisting local partisans in Poland in spring and summer 1944; and earning two advanced degrees after the war. Mr. B. notes he saved many Jews; being honored by several Polish and Czech towns; and writing books about his experiences.

B., Leonid, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
February 16, 1995.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Leonid B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3742). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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