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Peretz L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3916)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3916

Videotape testimony of Peretz L., who was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1903, the oldest of four children. He recalls completing gymnasium; a year of military service; apprenticing in a large factory for two years; disillusionment with the German political situation after the assassination of party leaders in 1919; forming a Zionist group in Fröndenberg in 1921; living on a hachsharah in Wartenberg in 1923, then in Zwickau to learn technical skills; moving to Frankfurt; meeting his future wife's parents in Munich; marriage in Nuremberg in 1926; traveling to Vienna; living in Berlin; organizing for Hechalutz in Hameln; his son's birth; their emigration to Palestine; living in Yagur; being sent to Germany by Hechalutz in 1931 to organize emigration to Palestine; organizing hachsharot in several locations; living in a Hechalutz house with Yehudah Sharett; meeting with Chaim Weizmann in London in 1933; traveling through Denmark, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands organizing hachsharot; support by the Joint; lecturing in Metz; seeking placement for Jews in England after Kristallnacht; his wife's death; being sent to Lisbon to organize emigration to Palestine; visiting Jewish refugees in Ericeira and Caldas de Rainha; representing the Jewish Agency in Madrid and Barcelona; organizing a ship of emigrants to Palestine from Lisbon in 1944; remarriage; facilitating the transfer of 700 Jews who were Spanish citizens from Thessalonikē to Morocco; visiting them there; returning to Yagur after the war; and his position in Israel's foreign ministry starting in 1950. Mr. L. discusses meetings with Recha Freier in 1932 leading to the founding of Youth Aliyah.

L., Peretz, 1903-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
January 30, 1998.
Chemnitz (Germany)
Fröndenberg (Germany)
Wartenberg (Bavaria, Germany)
Zwickau (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
Hameln (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
Yagur (Israel)
London (England)
Metz (France)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Ericeira (Portugal)
Caldas da Rainha (Portugal)
Madrid (Spain)
Barcelona (Spain)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peretz L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3916). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.