Claire K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1426) interviewed by Roslyn M. Hyman and Barbara McPherson
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 16, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Claire K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1426). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Claire K., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1925 to Polish parents. She recalls increased antisemitism in 1933; their flight to Holland; moving to Poland in 1935, then Brussels, Belgium; unsuccessful emigration attempts; an influx of refugees after Kristallnacht; German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; round-ups and deportations; and her mother arranging for Mrs. K. to spend nights hiding with non-Jews. Mrs. K. remembers the deportation of her parents and one brother; receiving a postcard her mother sent from Malines (her last contact with them); her younger brother's placement in an orphanage, then with Jesuits; obtaining good false papers from the underground; working as a beautician; helping her aunt hide; constant fear of discovery; liberation by British troops in 1944; and emigration with her brother to the United States in 1948. Mrs. K. shows a family photo which documents many of her family members who were killed and details her life after arrival in the United States.