CIGARETTES FOR BREAD

The following clip describes the precarious friendship I formed with a German baker, Alexander Assmuss in the years between 1940 and 1942 whilst working as forced labour in a camp near Inowroclaw in Poland. Click here for more details about this episode.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

In the clip below I talk about the desperate measures required so that my future brother in law Chaim and I could stay together -

no matter what the horrific circumstances - including

being confronted by the infamous Dr Mengele at the

Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1943.

Leon Jedwab

Videos

"SOMETHING GOOD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW"


Below is  a moving film (with English subtitles) produced in October 2014 by Zagorow high school students and their inspirational teacher Lukasz Parus

who are dedicated to preserving the memory of

the lost Jewish community in their town:


(Duration: 18 mins)

THE ESCAPES


In the clip below Leon Jedwab describes three daring escapes

he manoeuvred, even in the very last days that he and dearest brother-in-law Chaim were prisoners at the Buchenwald

concentration camp, ultimately liberated by US soldiers

in April 1945.


These three events, out of Leon Jedwab's many tragic and dramatic experiences, have become symbols to him of his whole miraculous survival, and which he believes instilled in him the great will to survive against impossible odds.

THE DEATH MARCH


The clip below provides an emotional account by Leon Jedwab of his experiences on the Death March of January 1945, leading him ultimately to Buchenwald and on to liberation.


On this gruelling march he witnesses the horror of the merciless killing of his Hebrew teacher Chaim Eliezer Jasinski.


Leon then goes on to describe the miracle of finding a gold ring on the snowy ground - a powerful symbol of hope providing him with the strength to continue and survive.

The following 4 clips are short excerpts from Leon Jedwab's video testimony recorded for the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne in 1993.

(The full testimony can be viewed here)