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Martin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-224) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-224

Videotape testimony of Martin L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1916. Mr. L. speaks of his childhood; his enlistment in the Polish army in 1938; the defense of Warsaw in 1939; and his prisoner-of-war status in Stuttgart. He describes his return to Warsaw, then to the Łódź ghetto in 1940; Polish collaboration with Germans; deprivation within the ghetto; and the deaths and deportations of family members. He recounts voluntarily leaving the ghetto with his brother; their arrival at Auschwitz; witnessing mass burnings of inmates; the murder of Ḥayim Rumkowski by camp inmates; and transfer to Friedland, where he and his brother worked producing armaments. He relates liberation by the Russians in 1945; his journey to Prague; meeting his future wife, also a survivor; and returning to Łódź to search in vain for family survivors. He recalls his marriage in Föhrenwald, Germany, along with three other survivor couples, and their enduring friendships; his move to Bad Nauheim; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. L. also speaks of his life in the United States; the recurrence of wartime memories, especially in dreams; his children; and his feelings about religion.

Author/Creator
L., Martin, 1916-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
October 19, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-224). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.