Leslie S. testimony 2008 [video recording]
Date of Recording28 November 2008
Duration2h 31m 48.0s
SynopsisLeslie S. was born in Mátészalka, Hungary on December 25, 1927. He describes his family and the Jewish community. He describes his father’s education and employment and describes his mother’s family. He recalls experiences of antisemitism and the German occupation of Hungary. Leslie recalls deportation to Birkenau and the selection process. He describes his transfer to Auschwitz and labour as a woodworker. He describes the food and routine of the camp. Leslie describes the events in the camp after learning of Rudolf Vrba and other prisoners’ escape. He describes incidents of illness and punishment. He describes evacuation to Mauthausen and liberation by United States troops. Leslie describes travelling through Europe searching for surviving relatives. He recalls living in Deggendorf DP camp. He describes learning about his parent's death. He talks about working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the efforts of the Canadian Jewish Congress to bring war orphans to Canada. He discusses migrating to Canada.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.