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Oral history interview with Leonard Gordon

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2000.371 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0135

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    Oral history interview with Leonard Gordon


    Interview Summary
    Leonard Gordon, born on June 8, 1925 in Tilsit, Germany (Sovetsk, Russia), describes growing up in Siauliai, Lithuania; his family; attending Jewish grade school and high school; the German invasion of Lithuania in 1941; trying to escape to Russia but instead having to return home and go into the Siauliai ghetto; his family’s transport to Stutthof in 1944; being transported with his father and brother to Dachau, where they worked at Mühldorf; building the German underground airport, Messerschmitt; his father’s proposal that the three of them commit suicide; hearing about the invasion of Normandy; the liberation of Dachau in May 1945; staying in a displaced persons camp in Feldafing and planning to move to Israel; traveling to Italy and studying to be a radio technician; immigrating to the United States; becoming an electrical engineer and serving in the United States Navy; and rediscovering religion after the death of his wife.
    Leonard Gordon
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  2000 October 24

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gordon, Leonard, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Leonard Gordon on October 24, 2000. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in February 2001.
    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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