Rabbi David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1902) interviewed by Susan Lang and Elaine Tannenbaum,
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.
- Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1992
- Interview Date
- September 9, 1992.
- 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.