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Claire K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1426) interviewed by Roslyn M. Hyman and Barbara McPherson,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1426

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.

K., Claire, 1925-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
December 16, 1990.
Cologne (Germany)
Brussels (Belgium)
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.
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