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Abraham L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4263) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4263

Videotape testimony of Abraham L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1920. He recounts his father's scholarship; his family's focus on education; rabbinical ordination at age nineteen; German invasion in 1939; ghettoization; slave labor; a Jewish engineer giving him a desk job; his father's selection in 1942 (he never saw him again); his mother's hospitalization; his sister clandestinely retrieving their mother; deportation with his mother and siblings to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from his sister and mother; transfer with his brother ten days later to Altenhammer; his brother sharing food from his privileged kitchen job; an SS beating resulting in permanent loss of vision in one eye; transfer to Dora in January 1945; slave labor building tunnels; public hangings; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in April; liberation by British troops; Russian prisoners killing Germans for revenge; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp for three months; moving with his brother to Hannover; working as a reporter; pressing charges against his landlord for antisemitism; organizing cultural events for the Jewish community including a lecture by Leo Baeck; marriage to a survivor; and reporting on the Nuremburg trials. Mr. L. discusses Hermann Göring's testimony; earning his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago; and visiting Poland with his wife in 1974.

Author/Creator
L., Abraham, 1920-
Published
Evanston, Ill. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
Interview Date
November 4, 2003.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4263). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.