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Leon W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2

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    Videotape testimony of Leon W., who was born into a middle income family in Łódź, Poland, in 1925. Mr. W. recalls his happy childhood, widespread denial in the wake of the outbreak of the war; and the formation of the Łódź ghetto. He vividly describes conditions in the ghetto: forced labor, the harrowing effects of intense hunger, the deterioration of interpersonal relationships, selections, and infanticide. He tells of his arrest in May, 1944; his transfer to Częstochowa, where he worked in an airplane factory; his evacuation from that camp at the end of 1944 to Buchenwald and from there to work in a factory in nearby Sonneberg; the death march in April, 1945; and the joylessness of his liberation. Mr. W. also reflects on his sense that he now leads a double existence; his growing obsession with the past; his immediate postwar return to Poland in a futile search for his family; and nightmares in the postwar period.
    W., Leon, 1925-2013.
    New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
    Interview Date
    May 2, 1979.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Leon W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.
    Laub, Dori, interviewer.
    Unpublished finding aid available in repository; 1/2 in. VHS is linked to finding aid by time coding.
    Additional documents and photographs on a DVD are available in the respository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 3 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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