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Joseph K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-866) interviewed by Laure Gutman and Estelle Kandel,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-866

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Joseph K., who was born in Włocławek, Poland in 1922. He recalls German occupation in 1939; ghettoization; extreme overcrowding and hunger; community efforts to feed the children and maintain their dignity; public hanging of a man who tried to bring food into the ghetto; and burning of the synagogue while Poles desecrated the Torah. Mr. K. recounts forced labor in Kolmar and Usch; deportation to Birkenau in 1941 where he stayed briefly; transfer to Jawarzno; slave labor building an electric plant and in coal mines; a failed escape by twenty-six prisoners; their exhortation to resist and survive as they were hung; a forced march to Blechhammer in January 1945; and escaping as Germans tossed grenades at them. He describes a Soviet officer protecting them; returning to his town to seek surviving family; learning no one had survived; residing in Linz, Austria; marriage and birth of a daughter; emigration to the United States in 1953; and his recent decision to give testimony to counteract Holocaust denial. He shows a Yizkor book from his hometown.
    Author/Creator
    K., Joseph, 1922-
    Published
    Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
    Interview Date
    January 26, 1992.
    Locale
    Poland
    Włocławek
    Linz (Austria)
    Chodzież (Poland)
    Ujście (Poland)
    Włocławek (Poland)
    Cite As
    Joseph K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-866). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gutman, Laure, interviewer.
    Kandel, Estelle, interviewer.
    Notes
    Some video distortion in the second hour of the testimony.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Resistance.
    Mutual aid.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1055942
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:46:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt1055942

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