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Oral history interview with Edward Lessing

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0297 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0051

Edward Lessing discusses the German invasion of the Netherlands; going into hiding in Delft, Netherlands; difficulties in hiding; reuniting with his father and brothers in hiding; his mother’s arrest and deportation to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by Canadian forces; realizing the extent of the Holocaust; being reunited with his mother; joining a Zionist organization; working as a draftsman; immigrating to the United States; life in Schenectady, NY; antisemitism in the United Sates; getting married; going to Israel to live on a kibbutz; returning to live in the Netherlands; returning to the United States; having children; getting involved with the Hidden Children Foundation; working for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation; reuniting with people he met while in hiding; returning to the Netherlands for a television program on the Holocaust; his views on religion; his feelings on Israel; the benefits of therapy; and “adopting” a disabled survivor as a brother.

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Mr. Edward Lessing
Joe Richmond
interview:  1999 June 28
Oral histories.
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation