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Oral history interview with Henry Levis

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0313

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    Oral history interview with Henry Levis


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Dr. Henry Levis
    Dr. Radu Ioanid
    interview:  1993 October 28
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Levis, Henry, 1913-

    Administrative Notes

    Dr. Radu Ioanid, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Henry Levis on October 28, 1993.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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