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William K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1334) interviewed by Irvin Fishbein and Barbara McPherson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1334

Videotape testimony of William K., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1912. He recalls participation in Zionist organizations as a youth; his parents' divorce; joining his mother and sister in Berlin; employment at a department store; declining a promotion for fear of provoking antisemitism; the public hitting of the store's owner on April 1, 1933; loss of own his job; attempts to leave for Palestine; meeting his future wife and their engagement; and embarkation for Shanghai in October 1938. He recounts assistance from the Japanese upon their arrival; organization of the Jewish community into Ashkenaz and Sephardim; the influx of Jewish refugees following Kristallnacht; marriage to his fiancee; ghettoization in Hongkew in 1943; worsening conditions; the community's emphasis on educating the children; Allied bombing of the ghetto; liberation by United States troops; learning his family had all been killed; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

K., William, 1912-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
September 10, 1989.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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William K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1334). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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