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Bert L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-188) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-188

Videotape testimony of Bert L., who was born in Warsaw in 1910. He describes the formation of the Warsaw ghetto in 1940; life in the ghetto, which was characterized by sickness, hunger, and mass deportations; and the ghetto uprising, during which he, his wife, and his six-year-old daughter were sent by freight cars to Majdanek. He tells of his initial separation from his wife and child, witnessing their selection the following day; and his transfer, along with his brother-in-law, to a sub-camp fifty kilometers from Majdanek. He recalls the death by torture of his brother-in-law, which he was forced to witness; religious observance in the camps; his transfer to other camps, including Auschwitz, as the Russians approached; and his liberation in Vienna. Noting that he was unable to feel the impact of what happened until after he was liberated, Mr. L. explains that he observes the Yahrzeit (anniversary of the deaths) of his family on the date of his liberation.

Author/Creator
L., Bert, 1910-
Published
Norfolk, Va. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 20, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bert L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-188). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.