Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

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.

K., Henri, 1916-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 10, 1993.
Budapest (Hungary)
Strasbourg (France)
Périgueux (France)
Aubenas (France)
Marseille (France)
Lyon (France)
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.