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Oral history interview with Leo Kohút

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.708 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0708

The interviews describe Dr. Kohut's childhood in Bratislava, Slovakia; his religious education; his involvement in socialist Zionist youth organizations like Paole Zion and Hashomer Hatzair, and in the Slovak Communist Party; his memories of anti-Semitism after Slovakia became an independent state in March 1939; his experiences as part of the Slovak Army; the organization of an underground cell with other Slovak Jewish Communists (including Alfred Wetzler, who with Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz concentration camp and famously reported on the atrocities occuring there.); the sabotage acitivties in which he was involved, working as a printer creating false identity documents; the deportation of his family to various camps and ghetto; his marriage and relative safety as part of the armament industry until 1944; living under false identity papers until he was arrested in 1945; his deportation to camp Sered, then to Sachsenhausen, Bergen-Belsen, and finally to a subcamp of Dachau; the death march he endured; his liberation by American troops in Bavaria, where he remained until he was able to return to Bratislava, where he learned of his wife's death in Ravensbrück concentration camp. 

Leo Kohút
Bela Adamowicz
interview:  1993 April 05
interview:  1993 April 12
interview:  1994 January 14
interview:  1994 January 21
4 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:23
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