SynopsisLeslie S. was born in Mátészalka, Hungary on December 25, 1927. He describes his family and the Jewish community. He recalls attending school and experiencing antisemitism. He discusses the Jewish quota and being unable to attend university. He recalls ghettoization and the German invasion. Leslie describes the deportation to Birkenau and the conditions there. He was transferred to Auschwitz for forced labour in a woodworking factory. He describes evacuation to Mauthausen near the end of the war and suffering from frostbite. He describes liberation by United States troops and his hospitalization. Leslie describes traveling into Germany and back to Hungary in search of relatives. He was reunited with his sister, aunt, and uncle. He recalls living in Deggendorf DP camp and Bergen-Belsen DP camp. He talks about working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He describes obtaining a visa for himself to come to Canada through the Canadian Jewish Congress. He describes life in Canada and visiting his sister in Hungary.
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NoteTestimony was simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.