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Felix K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1346) interviewed by Trudy K. Turkel and Susan W. Needle

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1346

Videotape testimony of Felix K., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1921. He recounts some Polish history; Radom's Jewish life; German occupation; formation and role of the Judenrat; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; his unsuccessful attempt to reach the Soviet zone; forced labor building fortifications on the Soviet border; transfer to Majdanek; and escape to the Radom ghetto. Mr. K. describes extreme deprivation, cruelty and killings; sneaking out of the ghetto to receive aid from a Polish doctor; deportation of ninety percent of the ghetto in July 1942, including his family (he and one brother remained); work as a car mechanic; rumors of extermination camps and the Warsaw ghetto uprising; and transfer to the Szklona Street camp. He recalls deportation to Bliżyn; reunion with his brother who helped him survive typhus; evacuation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July 1944; the Sonderkommando revolt and hanging; his brother's transfer while Mr. K. was hospitalized (he never saw him again); the death march in January 1945; train transport to Gross Rosen, then Dachau; transport from Dachau in April; liberation from the train; and his emigration to the United States in April 1949. Mr. K. provides many specific details of life in the ghetto and concentration camps.

Author/Creator
K., Felix, 1921-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
March 5, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felix K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1346). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.