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Oral history interview with Leon Leyson

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

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    Oral history interview with Leon Leyson


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Leon Leyson
    Thomas Keneally
    interview:  1995 January 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Paul Preston

    Physical Details

    2 DVD : MPEG-2.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Leyson, Leon.

    Administrative Notes

    Paul Preston donated a copy of the oral history interview with Leon Leyson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in March 2013. The interview was originally part of a public access television show entitled "An evening with Thomas Keneally," produced by Paul Preston and aired on January 19, 1995 in Yorba Linda, CA.
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