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Loni K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-691) interviewed by Michael Moskowitz and Sally Moskowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-691

Videotape testimony of Loni K., who was born in Essen, Germany, in 1913. Mrs. K. recalls illegally emigrating to Holland in mid-1933; working as a servant and a legal secretary in Amsterdam; German occupation; her mother and sisters' emigration (her father was deported in 1942 and died in Theresienstadt); imposition of antisemitic restrictions; protection from deportation because she worked for the Joodse Raad; transport to Westerbork in mid-1943; transport to Theresienstadt in February 1944; working in a coffin factory; and details of her arrival at Auschwitz in May 1944. She tells of transfer to Christianstadt; camp conditions; forced labor; a five week forced march in early 1945; her joy witnessing the bombing of Dresden; arrival at Bergen-Belsen; starvation and disease; liberation; recuperation; returning to Holland; marriage to another survivor; and emigration to America in 1947. She reflects on her feelings about the Germans; the possibility of another Holocaust; her decision not to have children; the effect of her experience on her religious faith; and reasons for her survival.

K., Loni, 1913-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 12, 1986.
Essen (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Dresden (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Loni K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-691). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.