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Dezider L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3984) interviewed by Peter Salner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3984

Videotape testimony of Dezider L., who was born in Prešov, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1912, one of three children. He recalls attending local Slovak and Jewish schools, then an academy in Košice; helping in his father's store; his leadership role in Maccabi; Slovak independence resulting in anti-Jewish violence by the Hlinka guard; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau via Žilina and Lublin in 1942; volunteering as a carpenter; a severe infection; a Greek fellow-prisoner obtaining medication and bandages which saved his life; praying with others on Yom Kippur; a death march to Mauthausen in January 1945; beginning to hope he would survive; liberation by United States troops; returning to Prešov via Bratislava, seeking his parents and siblings; reunion with his sister and her child, the only survivors; marriage; and return of family property which was later taken by the communist government. Mr. L. discusses the importance of faith to his survival, which he believes was a series of miracles.

Author/Creator
L., Dezider, 1912-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
Interview Date
February 18, 1998.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dezider L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3984). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.