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Rabbi David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1902) interviewed by Susan Lang and Elaine Tannenbaum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1902

Videotape testimony of Rabbi David K., who was born in Strasbourg, France in 1915, the youngest of seven children. He recalls his father's death in 1927; being placed in a Jewish orphanage so his mother could work; rabbinical studies in Paris; military service from 1936 to 1938; re-mobilization in March 1939; posting to Strasbourg; warning his family and fiancee of evacuation plans; and receiving rabbinical ordination in Paris while on leave in April 1940. Rabbi K. recounts capture by German troops in May 1940; posing as a non-Jew during eight months imprisonment; escaping to Paris in January 1941; joining his fiancee and her family in Limoges; smuggling his mother from Paris; marriage; serving as rabbi at detention camps near Vichy; joining the Maquis; providing false papers to others; his daughter's birth in 1942; arrest and escape when the train station was bombed; being hidden in a bunker and an attic in Limoges for a year; and liberation by the Maquis. He tells of returning to Strasbourg in 1945; rabbinical positions in France; emigrating to the United States in 1949; and his rabbinical career.

Author/Creator
K., David, 1915-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1992
Interview Date
September 9, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rabbi David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1902). 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/1072621
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:10:00
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