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Oral history interview with Leon Senders

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.12 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0012

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

Leon Senders, born in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1923, describes his early life; being 17 when the war started; his father advising him to flee the area and go east; traveling with his friends to Russia; his feelings on losing his youth to the war; the death of his parents and other family members; the bombing of Vilna; being mobilized by the Russian Army; being sent to a special school in Moscow, Russia, where he was trained as a radio operator; flying on a DC-3 and parachuting into an area behind enemy lines; being given his orders to go to Konigsberg (Kaliningrad, Russia) and relay messages back to Russia; working with Jewish partisan groups to gather information; traveling with the partisans and experiencing heavy combat; how he and the partisans survived in the woods; fighting Lithuanians and Germans; returning home after the war and experiencing anguish over the loss of his family; deciding to leave Europe; finding one of his sisters, who survived Bergen-Belsen; and his reasons for speaking about the Holocaust.

Collection Subtitle
Leon Senders' War
Interviewee
Leon Senders
Date
1988 August 19  (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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