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Nathan K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1388) interviewed by Peter Merry and Natalie Lederman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1388

Videotape testimony of Nathan K., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1923. He recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; non-Jewish neighbors who hid his family during a pogrom; German invasion; fleeing to Minsk; returning when unable to reach Soviet territory; ghettoization in 1942; forced labor; and learning of the murder of "small ghetto" residents at Ponary. He recounts transfer with his father to Ereda, Narwa and another camp in Estonia (he never saw his mother and brother again); a Jewish doctor who treated his infected knee; officers celebrating Christmas by beating prisoners; returning to Ereda in March 1944; painfully parting from his father during a death march (he never saw him again) to escape with eighteen friends; hiding several months in a bunker in the woods; and arrest by Soviet troops as spies. Mr. K. remembers working in a cotton mill; returning to Vilna illegally; fleeing west in 1946; living in displaced persons camps including Eschwege and Ulm; reunion with a cousin; marriage; and emigrating to join relatives in the United States.

Author/Creator
K., Nathan, 1923-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
June 5, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nathan K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1388). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1065456
Record last modified: 2013-10-18 14:11:00
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