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Leon S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-832) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Ellen Suesserman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-832

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    Videotape testimony of Leon S., who was born in Germany in 1905. He describes moving to Częstochowa, Poland in 1910; involvement with a Zionist youth movement; living in Palestine from 1923-1926; returning to Częstochowa at his father's request; marriage and the birth of two sons; and his prosperous business. He recounts increasingly restrictive legislation against the Jews by the Germans; escaping round-ups in the ghetto; cooperating with the Germans to save Jews; activities in the underground; escaping deportation to Radom because he was considered valuable by the Germans; constant efforts to hide his wife and children; the death of his oldest son when the ghetto was liquidated; having his younger son smuggled out of the ghetto by the Polish underground to be hidden; difficulties obtaining food and maintaining work places for the Jews; a march of Jewish and Ukrainian refugees to Germany; and liberation by the Soviet army at Holstein. Mr. S. relates his unsuccessful efforts to locate his child; leaving Poland; helping to bring a child to the United States whom he thought might have been his son; and his belief that his son probably is not alive. He recalls many other specific incidents which occurred during the war, including events in the HASAG factory.
    S., Leon, 1905-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    February 6, 1987 and February 16, 1987.
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Cite As
    Leon S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-832). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Ritvo, Lucille B.,
    Suesserman, Ellen, interviewer.
    Unpublished finding aid available in repository; 1/2 in. VHS is linked to finding aid by time coding.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (3 hr., 20 min. and 3 hr., 7 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Youth movements.
    Zionist organizations.

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