Peter L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4175)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- May 11 and June 15, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Peter L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4175). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Peter L., who was born in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia in 1924, the second of two children. He recounts his assimilated family; attending a German school; his bar mitzvah but not in a synagogue (his father was an atheist); leaving school due to antisemitic harassment; learning to be a machinist; attending a Zionist school in Prague; living in an orphanage, then a Zionist dormitory; his school's closure; joining his family in the Třebíč ghetto; forced labor with his father in a nearby quarry; deportation with his family to Theresienstadt in May 1942; contacts with Fredy Hirsch; his sister sharing extra food (she worked in the kitchen); working outside the camp; smuggling food to share with family and friends; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; his sister's deportation; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in September 1944; separation from his father which continues to cause him pain; transfer to Kaufering in October; slave labor in a factory; transfer to Litoměřice; Czech prisoners and a civilian German worker giving them extra food; returning to Theresienstadt; abandonment by German guards; traveling to Prague; visiting his hometown (no one returned); serving in the Czech military; reunion with his sister; emigration to Israel; and marriage. Mr. L. discusses relations with POWs, the prisoner hierarchy, and his feelings in the camps.