Selig L. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording19 October 1983
SynopsisSelig L. was born on January 4, 1910 near Kraków, Poland. He describes his family. He recalls how he owned a tailor shop in Kraków. He recalls widespread antisemitism. He recalls riots and violence in Jewish areas. He describes the German occupation. He describes restrictions implemented against Jews. He explains that his brother was killed for being out past curfew. He describes ghettoization in Kraków and his family’s move to a smaller city without a ghetto. He describes a roundup and how he and his brother were selected for work in an airplane factory. He describes being separated from his brother. He describes being transferred to various cities working in factories. He describes conditions in the barracks. He describes abuse by the kapos. He explains how he used his skills as a tailor to make a cap for a guard and was given food in return. He describes his illness at the end of the war and hospitalization. He describes living in soldiers’ quarters in Bergen-Belsen for two years. He explains that he is the only one of his family who survived. He describes how he was able to immigrate to Canada as a tailor. He describes his life in Canada. He speaks about nightmares. Selig shows a document.
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