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Oral history interview with Henry Levis

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0313

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Henry Levis, born in Iōannina, Greece on June 20, 1913, describes his family and moving to Athens when he was five years old; finishing high school in Athens and attending the University of Athens medical school; joining the Greek Army and becoming a military doctor; experiencing no antisemitism in the university or the army; the German occupation of Greece in April 1941; moving with his wife and son back to Iōannina, which was then under Italian control; continuing to serve as a military doctor but also working for the resistance; the fall of the Italian regime in Greece in September 1943 and his portfolio being handed over to the Germans; his arrest in January 1944, being subjected to Gestapo interrogation, and going to jail; his release from jail on March 25, 1944 and being deported to Auschwitz with the rest of the Jews from the formerly Italian-occupied region of Greece; surviving the selection at Auschwitz but remaining there for only nine days before he was taken with a team of prisoners to construct Falkenberg, a sub-camp of Wüestegiersdorf, a concentration camp in Germany; serving as the camp doctor and saving the lives of many of the long-term infirmary patients who would otherwise have been sent to the gas chambers; marching to Bergen-Belsen as the Russians approached; being sent to another camp on the Austrian border until the Russians neared, and they were sent to Barth, Germany; his liberation by Russian forces on May 1, 1945; becoming sick after his liberation and going into the French and British zones of Berlin; meeting up with Greek Army officers and traveling with them through Western Europe until he arrived in Athens; and reuniting with his family in Athens and rejoining the Greek Army.

Interviewee
Henry Levis
Interviewer
Dr. Radu Ioanid
Date
1993 October 28  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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