Leon K. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording08 August 1983
Duration1h 24m 52.0s
SynopsisLeon K. was born in Kraków, Poland on August 6, 1920. He describes his family. He describes the Jewish community and recalls antisemitism. He discusses his education and acceptance to university in the United States. He describes the German invasion and remaining in Poland with his family. Leon describes ghettoization. He describes his father’s arrest and deportation to Auschwitz. Leon explains how he arranged for his mother and sister to escape the ghetto. He describes how they were caught and killed and his subsequent arrest. He describes being sent to Plaszow. He describes the conditions. He discusses smuggled goods. He describes learning about Oskar Schindler and arranging to be placed on his list through an old classmate. He describes deportation to Gross-Rosen. He describes meeting his future wife in Brünnlitz. He recalls liberation by Soviet troops and returning to Poland. He discusses experiencing antisemitism after the war. He describes moving to France and his daughter’s birth. He describes immigration to Canada in 1954. He recalls visiting Israel and meeting Oskar Schindler again. He discusses sharing his experience and his wife’s difficulty sharing her experiences.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.