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Oral history testimony of Roland Levi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.49.1 | RG Number: RG-50.742.0001

Roland Levi discusses his father’s efforts to hide their Jewish heritage; being pulled out of school with his sister; being prevented from going to Auschwitz by an orphanage in Belgium where he was protected from the Gestapo; the final round up of Belgium Jews in August 1944; being smuggled to safety; the death penalty for not wearing the star of David; finishing his education in Brussels; moving to the United States; the need to erase the word “hate” from our vocabulary; the responsibility of more than just Germany in the Holocaust; the importance of educating children about acceptance to combat antisemitism; the denial of the Holocaust by many countries immediately after the war; his appreciation for freedom in the U.S.; the difficulties of being a Jew in post-World War II Europe even today; the change in the Catholic Church’s stance about Jews and the crucifixion of Christ; how the world is a better place today; the reluctance of many Jews to discuss their experiences in concentration camps; and his view of why Hitler came to power.

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Roland Levi
interview:  2013 April 10
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of University of Missouri
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:29
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