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Fred K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1373) interviewed by Ada Bloom and Ellie Fier

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1373

Videotape testimony of Fred K., who was born in Oberlauringen, Germany in 1927. He recalls his father's butcher shop closing when kosher slaughtering was outlawed; harassment by non-Jewish children; his older sister's emigration to the United States in 1937; his father twice being arrested and released; hiding on Kristallnacht while their apartment was vandalized; and leaving on a children's transport to England in the summer of 1939. Mr. K. describes brief stays on the coast and in London; emotionally difficult years at the Bunce Court School in Kent; and nurturing weekends in the home of a German Jewish refugee. Mr. K. relates emigrating to the United States in 1947; distancing himself from Jews and Jewish affiliations; obtaining a Ph.D. in sociology; rapprochement with the Jewish community at age thirty-eight; marriage; living in Israel from 1972 to 1974; confronting his past; visiting Oberlauringen in 1974; and participation in a child survivors' support group. He notes the death of his half-brother at Auschwitz and his current work on a sociological analysis of the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
K., Fred, 1927-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
November 30, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fred K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1373). 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/1084881
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