Dori L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-46) interviewed by Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- June 16, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dori L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-46). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Dori L., who was born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1937. Dr. L. describes the large population and rich cultural life of prewar Czernowitz; the Russian occupation; his brief stay in the Czernowitz ghetto; and his deportation, along with his parents, to a camp in Transnistria in spring, 1942. He recalls the five or six months he spent in this camp, a former Russian penal colony on the Bug River known as the "stone quarry". He describes the liquidation of the camp and tells how he and his parents were spared, noting their relative freedom as "illegals" in the deserted camp until their transfer to Obodovka, Romania, where they remained in the homes of resident Jews until almost the war's end. Dr. L. speaks of his many illnesses during the war years; his parents' refusal to allow him to join a children's transport; his father's disappearance during a raid in Obodovka; liberation by the Russians; and his and his mother's postwar return home, where they were reunited with his grandparents, who had remained unharmed in Czernowitz. Dr. L. also discusses crossing the Russian border into Romania, where he remained until 1950; the emotional resonance of his experiences; and the character of his memories.