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Leica B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4010) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Michel Bailly

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4010

Videotape testimony of Leica B., who was born in Kishinev, Russia (presently Chișinău, Moldova) in 1906. She recounts visiting her uncle in prison in Saint Petersburg; attending secular and Bundist schools; her sister's emigration to Paris; Kishinev becoming part of Romania; emigration to Paris in 1929; expulsion due to leftist activities; illegally living in Brussels; marriage; becoming a citizen; birth of a son and daughter; German invasion; placing her daughter in a convent and her son in a health care facility; working for the Resistance hiding children; visiting her children once a month; her husband's arrest and deportation (he did not return); sleeping in different locations every night; arrest in 1944; deportation to Malines, then Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor; a death march to Landsberg; liberation; finding her sister in Paris; and learning her brother had survived in the Soviet military (her mother had perished). Ms. B. discusses numbing herself in the camps; health problems resulting from her experiences; and living for her children and her political goals.

Author/Creator
B., Leica, 1906-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
June 19, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leica B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4010). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.