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Tom K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1905) interviewed by Susan Lang and Arthur Peskoe,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1905

Videotape testimony of Tom K., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1929. He relates placement with a foster family in Tetetlen at age three; their orthodoxy; being sent to relatives in Budapest at age twelve (he never saw his foster family again); ghettoization; escaping when his family was deported; living on the streets for seven months; moving into a Swedish safe house; delivering Swedish passports for Raoul Wallenberg; hiding in bombed buildings for three months after the safe house was closed; and liberation by Soviet troops in 1945. Mr. K. recounts difficult conditions under the Soviets; escaping from Hungary; living in Leipheim and Prien displaced persons camps; emigrating to the United States in 1948; attending high school in Cincinnati; enlisting in the Air Force; earning advanced degrees; and serving in Viet Nam as an officer in the paratroopers. Mr. K. never discussed his experience or his Jewish background with his former wife or children, but recently shared his experience with a friend, and plans to talk with his sons now.

K., Tom, 1929-
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1993
Interview Date
January 21, 1993.
Budapest (Hungary)
Tetétlen (Hungary)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tom K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1905). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.