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Maximilian L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-956) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-956

Videotape testimony of Maximilian L., who was born in 1924 in Vienna, Austria. He tells of his father's service for Austria in World War I; hearing of Jewish persecution in Germany from emigré relatives; his strong Austrian patriotism; harassment of Jews following the Anschluss; being able to leave Austria because his father retained his Czech citizenship; arrival in Paris; satisfaction at fighting back at anti-Semitic incidents in school; family applications for emigration to Australia, Canada, or the United States; and German invasion of Paris. Mr. L. recalls leaving Paris in a massive exodus to Bordeaux; living in Marseille and Nice; his father's success in obtaining documents allowing their emigration; arrival in Madrid; celebrating Passover in Lisbon; arrival in New York on April 25, 1941; assistance received from HIAS; enlisting in the U.S. Army; witnessing the August 1944 liberation of Paris; the Battle of the Bulge; standing on the ruins of Nazi party headquarters in Munich; arrival at Dachau two days after its liberation; disbelief at the horror; serving as head of the criminal police in Wiesbaden; and return to the U.S. in 1946. He discusses his present life and his children.

Author/Creator
L., Maximilian, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maximilian L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-956). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.