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Oral history interview with Lou Pohoryles

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.8 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0008

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Lou Pohoryles, born in L’vov, Poland (present day L'viv, Ukraine) in 1937, describes his family; how his father was a highly ranked tennis player; going to a series of hiding places; how his father at the beginning of the war placed him in the care of a Polish nun, who protected him; being instructed to identify the nun as his aunt and hide his true identity; being given to her sister, Anya Baska; traveling through partisan areas and fearing the Ukrainians; being transported on a cattle car to a labor camp in Germany with Anya and ending up on a farm; going to an ammunitions factory because Anya was needed there; learning German and befriending tank soldiers; the death of his parents; how after the war he was reclaimed by an uncle, who was a religious man; how as a boy he identified as Catholic; how being separated from Anya and thrust into Judaism was traumatic; never seeing Anya again; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Lou Pohoryles
Date
1989 April 13  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
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