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Henri K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2147) interviewed by Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2147

Videotape testimony of Henri K., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1916. He recalls growing up in Strasbourg, France; becoming a French citizen and a mechanical engineer in 1937; a visit with his sister in New York during officer training on the MS Lafayette; army enlistment; posting to Lebanon and Syria; defeat by Germany; and demobilization in Marseille in December 1940. Mr. K. remembers joining his family in Périgueux; becoming a surveyor in Lyon; anti-Jewish regulations; arrest while attempting to escape to Spain with a brother and his sister's children; a one month jail term; learning of round-ups (raffles) and deportations of Jews; posing as non-Jews and working as a surveyor with his brother for about two years in southern France; activities in the Maquis in Aubenas and elsewhere; and liberation. He tells of working in Paris; emigration to Canada, then the United States; marriage; his son's birth; his career; and his dismay when people like Barbie claim they did not know what was happening to Jews during the war.

Author/Creator
K., Henri, 1916-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 10, 1993.
Locale
France
Hungary
Budapest (Hungary)
Strasbourg (France)
Périgueux (France)
Aubenas (France)
Marseille (France)
Lebanon
Syria
Lyon (France)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henri K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2147). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.