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Joseph L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-891) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-891

Videotape testimony of Joseph L., who was born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland in 1921, one of four children. Mr. L. recounts attending a German school; training as a metal turner; German invasion; fleeing east with his mother and siblings to Lʹviv via Kraków and Rava-Rusʹka; Soviet occupation; working in a Soviet government store; forced transport with his family by cattle car to Panino; forced labor felling trees, then cleaning chimneys; frigid temperatures and sparse food; receiving permission to leave; traveling with his family to Tashkent; encountering cousins and moving to the village where they lived; hospitalization twice, once with his sister (she died); his mother's death; learning the war was over and of concentration and death camps; receiving permission to return home in May 1946; traveling to Bytom; moving to Rothschild Hospital and Wegscheid displaced persons camps; assistance from UNRRA; Beriḥah organizing them to emigrate to Palestine; traveling to an UNRRA camp in Italy; hospitalization in Milan; marriage; his son's birth and death at three months; and emigration to Göteborg, then to the United States thirty months later. Mr. L. shows photographs and documents.

L., Joseph, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
Interview Date
May 4, 1987.
Soviet Union
Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Rava-Rusʹka (Ukraine)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Panino (Russia)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Bytom (Poland)
Milan (Italy)
Göteborg (Sweden)
5 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-891). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.