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Chaim L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4075) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos, Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4075

Videotape testimony of Chaim L., who was born in Szreńsk, Poland in 1923, one of six children. He recounts his family's poverty; moving to Mława when he was a child; attending a Jewish school; a customer of his father inviting them to move to Iłowo; attending a public school; antisemitic harassment at school; his mother returning to Szreńsk with four younger children; German invasion; fleeing with his older brother and father to Szreńsk; Germans murdering his father who returned to Ilowo to retrieve belongings; his father's burial; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor shoveling snow and other work in Ciechanów; returning home; ghettoization; public executions, including one of his relatives; his younger brother's illness and death; deportation of his grandparents and other relatives; two cousins' marriages (their deportation three weeks later); deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his mother and sister; encountering a cousin; separation from his brother when he was transferred to Buna-Monowitz; slave labor for IG Farben; hospitalization; an operation on his leg; working in a clothing factory that used clothing from murdered Jews (he found valuables he could trade for food); sharing extra food with a friend and other fellow prisoners; his brother sending him a sweater; death march to Gleiwitz (his friend was killed en route); train transfer to Dora; slave labor in a weapons factory; a mass hanging of prisoners; train transfer; allied bombings resulting in prisoner deaths; arrival in Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; Soviet prisoners taking revenge; traveling to various German cities, including Celle, Hannover, and Magdeburg, then a displaced persons camp in Hildesheim; traveling to Liege; marriage; moving to Brussels; finding his brother through the Red Cross; and reunion with him. Mr L. notes receiving reparations; sharing his experiences with his children, and visiting Szreńsk with his son; the importance of luck to his survival; and suffering from nightmares and physical maladies as a result of the camps.

Author/Creator
L., Chaim., 1923-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996 and 1997
Interview Date
December 16, December 18, 1996, and January 13, 1997.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chaim L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4075). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4677192
Record last modified: 2016-11-08 13:26:00
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