Isaac K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4443) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
- Interview Date
- June 13, 2011.
- 3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Isaac K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4443). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Isaac K., who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1925, the middle child of five. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation in 1938; his bar mitzvah shortly thereafter, which was sad due to the occupation; his father losing his business permit; learning cantorial and opera singing; German invasion in spring 1944; his arrest as a hostage in place of his father; his father obtaining his release after two weeks; ghettoization at a brick factory; a severe beating which left him unable to process information for some time; deportation with his family, except for an older brother, to Auschwitz; separation from his mother and sisters; transfer with his father and brother four days later to Kittlitztreben; slave labor laying railroad tracks; breaking his ankle; hospitalization for three weeks; assistance from a Czech prisoner nurse; a kitchen assignment; singing as he worked; a kapo giving him extra food for singing cantorial music; sharing it with his father and brother; receiving permission to pray on Rosh ha-Shanah; a clandestine service on Yom Kippur; faking an injury to be readmitted to the hospital to see his father; remaining behind during evacuation of the camp at the end of February; liberation by Soviet troops; a month-long trip home via Bratislava and Prague; finding their home destroyed; reunion with his younger sister (his mother and older sister and brother did not survive); traveling to Vienna; and his sister's emigration to Ireland, his brother's to Canada, and his and his father's to the United States. He shows photographs and documents.