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Oral history interview with Leon Leyson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.442.1 | RG Number: RG-50.722.0001

Leon Leyson discusses how he kept his Holocaust experience from neighbors and loved ones; the changing attitudes about the Holocaust from generation to generation; his teaching career; how the movie Schindler’s List urged him to start talking about what happened; his feelings about the reemergence of anti-Semitism and hate; his thoughts on European versus American antisemitism; how he presents the Holocaust to teenagers and children; his feelings on hatred and tolerance; his feelings about what happened to him in the Holocaust; keeping his faith during and after the Holocaust; a typical day in the ghetto and the diverse population there; surviving in the ghetto; the lack of negative responses to him telling his story in the local newspapers; and the Krakow ghetto and its fate.

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Leyson, Leon
Keneally, Thomas
interview:  1995 January 19
2 DVD : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Paul Preston
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:07
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